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Reference number

SM (39) volume 60/36 (40) volume 60/37 (41) volume 60/159 (42) 12/3/7

Purpose

Record drawings showing variations of a second design for the Bullion Arch (4)

Aspect

39 Perspective looking south showing, to the east, a portico fronted by a double external stair on a curved plan; to the west, a screen of four Corinthian columns raised on a socle pierced by a single segmental-arched sunken entrance accessed by a stair on a semicircular plan; to the south a semicircular-headed entrance flanked to either side by blind 'porticos' in antis, both consisting of twin columns framing a semicircular-arched window; the continuous entablature shared by all three sides projects at the corners in a quarter-circular curve 40 Perspective as in drawing 39 41 Perspective as in drawing 39 but the attic of the south side consists of a central pedestal surmounted by an elongated acroterion between paterae and to the east is pyramidal stair on a semicircular plan 42 Perspective looking south as in drawing 38 but lions on round plinths flank the south gate, the corners of the courtyard are not projecting and straight-flight steps to the west span the width of the court

Inscribed

39-40 Sketch of a Design for the Lothbury Court. Bank of England 1797. 42 View of a Design for the "Lothbury Court" 1798, The Bank of England

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(41) J Whatman 1794

Notes

In drawings 39-42, the south elevation is more understated. The columns in antis complement the colonnades on the other sides of the court, unifying the courtyard stylistically. The south wall has an appearance of layering, articulated as an enclosure.

Level

Drawing

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