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Reference number

SM (65) 10/3/16 (66) 10/3/25 (67) 10/3/27

Purpose

Preliminary variant designs of a fourth design for the Bullion Arch, partly in Soane's hand, February 1799 (3)

Aspect

65 Sectional elevation of the south side of Lothbury Court showing a semicircular-headed entrance between raised twin Corinthian columns, flanked by semicircular arched windows; to the west side of the Court, a screen of columns in front of a niched wall backs onto a portico facing the Residence Court; windows and caducei added by Soane in pencil 66 Sectional elevation as in drawing 65 with wider arch, columns set further apart, windows shown, omitting string course over gateway, with a recessed ceiling in the Residence Court portico and (pencil) niches between the columns flanking the entrance 67 Sectional elevation as in drawing 66, with statues on plinths above the columns, a niche containing a sculpture between both column pairs, caducei between the columns, and showing the apsidal vestibule behind the colonnade on the east side of the Court

Scale

(65-67) bar scale

Inscribed

65-67(Bailey) The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the South side of the Lothbury Court 65 (Soane) keep / this -- (illegible) / antis, / I know / it is / wider / than on / the side / west the Coln, Col (twice), add one foot to the / width of this / Arch, (pencil, Soane) Shew these windows (twice), keep this window / as in this / drawing, and more feint pencil inscriptions and some dimensions given 67 some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(65) Febr 1799 (66) Febry 12 1799 (67) Febry 1799

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Notes

Drawing 66 shows the alterations suggested in drawing 65. In drawing 67, ornament has been added to this same design. Drawings 66 through 67 show the development of the Bullion Arch design, becoming wider and more prominent on the south wall of the Court. The drawings also show the incompletion of the west side's design. By this time the east side of the Court was in construction but the south and west sides of the Court were still under design.

Level

Drawing

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