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Reference number

SM (23) 10/3/20 (24) 10/3/22 (25) 10/3/21 (26) 10/3/23

Purpose

Record drawings of alternative designs for the Bullion Arch, October 1797 (4)

Aspect

23 Elevation of the courtyard as open to the west having on its south face a semicircular-headed entrance between raised twin unfluted Corinthian columns with, on both sides, a semi-circular headed window of larger radius; (pencil) added later, a dome and two antefixes crowning the attic and a frieze over the entrance 24 Elevation showing open courtyard and gateway as in drawing 23 but with fluted columns, smaller windows and fret motif on the column pedestals; pencil alterations including friezes above the entrance and windows, archivolts, niches and caducei in the attic, and an additional level on the attic flanked with lion sculptures 25 Sectional elevation of courtyard enclosed by a colonnade to the west having an elevation as in drawing 23 but showing a door, friezes over the entrance and windows, and roundels between the projecting pilasters in the attic; (pencil) a pedestal of two levels added to the attic, with a lion sculpture adjacent 26 Sectional elevation showing an enclosed courtyard as in drawing 25 having on its south face a projecting entrance between single columns and round plinths supporting lion statues, and to either side of the gate a semi-circular arched window of a smaller radius than the entrance; sheet includes a rough part-elevation of an attic panel flanked by single fluted pilasters capped by antefixes

Scale

(23-26) bar scale

Inscribed

23 Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court.", The Bank of England 24 The Bank of England, Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court", (pencil) do not shadow / this part / leave it in / (illegible) place 25 The Bank of England, Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court" 26 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court" and with dimensions

Signed and dated

(23, 25-26) 1797 (24) Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 9th 1797

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(23-25) I Taylor and crown, GR above 1794 (26) J Whatman 1794 and fleur-de-lis

Notes

Drawings 23 to 26 appear to be more developed variants of drawings 3 to 10. Drawings 23 to 25 differ in the size and proportion of their windows, the inclusion of roundels and friezes, pencil additions and the incising on the attic pilasters. Drawing 26 is a reversion to the single column arrangement of drawings 15 to 19, showing a design very similar to drawing 18 but with smaller windows.

Level

Drawing

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