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SM (7) 10/5/3


Design for the basement, 8 January 1798


7 Plan of the Basement Floor of the Library


bar scale


as above, The Bank of England, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Bank Janry 8th 1793


Soane office


Drawing 7 shows the library as built by Robert Taylor. The drawing dates from after the demolition of the library, however, suggesting it was a record or it was used in the construction of the new library. The materials from the old library were all reused in the new building of similar dimensions and construction. Drawings of Taylor's library show square supportive piers supporting square cross-vaults of equal size while Soane's library contained cross-vaults of variant sizes and T-shaped supportive piers. Taylor's library also showed thermal windows on its north elevation.



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