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SM (20) 10/3/8 (21) 10/3/11 (22) 10/3/13

Purpose

Alternative designs for the Bullion Arch, 15 November 1797 (3)

Aspect

20 Elevation showing raised twin Corinthian columns to either side of semicircular-headed entrance and, in both corners, a single pilaster flanking a window 21 Elevation showing a more understated design of two 'porticos' in antis and entrance between, with a planar attic extending the width of the facade 22 Elevation showing raised single unfluted Corinthian column on either side of the entrance, and pilasters framing the windows

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Of all the drawings for the south elevation, drawing 22 conforms least to the triumphal arch motif. Its subdued elevation would have adapted well to the other sides of the courtyard.
Drawing 22 is more closely related to the triumphal arch form but the elevation lacks cohesion; there is no real relationship between the windows and the central gateway. There is also a lacking hierarchy of forms that we have come to expect in Soane's triumphal arch elevations.

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