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Reference number

SM (81) 10/3/45 (82) volume 69/47 (83) volume 69/46 (84) volume 69/48 (85) volume 69/49

Purpose

Working drawing, designs and a record drawing for the Bullion Arch attic, November 1799 (5)

Aspect

81 Elevation showing attic pilasters and niche; details of mouldings; and part-wall plan of twin columns 82 Perspective by Gandy of the south side of Lothbury Court, showing raised twin Corinthian columns to either side of a semicircular arched entrance, supporting pilasters capped by antefixes; to either side of the triumphal arch motif are semicircular-headed windows of smaller radii than the door; as in drawing 81, the antefixes are joined and niches are in the attic above the windows; roundels are above the windows, and an equestrian statue is situated above the attic 83 Perspective as in drawing 81 but the windows are larger and there are no roundels above them; between the twin columns, on either side of the entrance, the wall is decorated with a roundel and a blind Tivoli window bearing a figurative statue; a fret motif decorates the pedestals of the raised columns 84 Perspective of the top half of façade 85 Perspective as in drawing 84 but gateway appears wider and equestrian statue is larger

Scale

(81) to a scale and full size (twice)

Inscribed

81 (Bailey) Sketches of details of "Lothbury Court", (Soane) For Bank Entrance, Wall line (twice), Line of frieze & Arch, Center of Coln, Wall line over / Center arch, and a key I, K, L, dimensions given, (red pen) Wall line 82 Lothbury Court Bank of England 84 Bank of England. Design for Attic. Lothbury Court 85 Bank of England Design for attic. Lothbury Court

Signed and dated

(81) L.I.F., Nov. 10: 1799 (82) 15 Novr 1799 (83) Bank of England / Nov: 12: 1799 (84) 14 Nov 1799 (85) Nov 14. 1799

Hand

(81) Soane and Soane office (82-85) Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843)

Notes

It appears that throughout November 1799 Soane was still experimenting with proportions and decoration of the Bullion Arch: mainly, the proportion between the windows and central entrance, and the decorative treatment of the slender strips of wall between the columns on either side of the entrance. In some drawings, the windows are diminished and a roundel is included to cover the wall space above them. In these cases, the space between the columns is left more plainly decorated. When the windows are enlarged, however, emphasis on the central doorway is maintained by increasing the ornamentation surrounding it. The dominance of central door over subsidiary windows therefore never changes.

Drawings 82 to 85 are sketches by Joseph M. Gandy and drawing 81 appears to be a working drawing for the same design. The extra panel joining the antefixes above the attic was added in November of 1799. The concept of niches situated above the two windows was also a new inclusion at this time.

Level

Drawing

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