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Reference number

SM (86) 12/3/10 (87) 12/3/13

Purpose

Drawings of Lothbury Court, possibly for exhibition at the Royal Academy (2)

Aspect

86 Perspective looking north of the Court with colonnades on the east and west sides surmounted by urns (as in the executed Court), staircases ascending from the courtyard up to both east and west sides (similar to executed design), with two statues of seated lions at the top of both staircases; the north side of the Court (south façade of the Porter's Lodge) has four raised Corinthian columns placed evenly and surmounted by figurative statues; an equestrian statue surmounts the attic 87 Perspective looking south of the Court, showing east and west sides of the court similar to drawing 86, with the south side consisting of a semicircular-headed entrance between twin raised Corinthian columns, each supporting a figurative statue; an additional pedestal on top of the centre of the attic supports fluted pilasters capped by antefixes and, in the centre, a statue of a seated female flanked to either side by lions

Inscribed

86 (Bailey) View of a Design for the "Lothbury Court" at the Bank of England ---8 (sheet damaged, probably reads 1798)

Hand

(86-87) Soane office (Thomas Malton? see Notes)

Notes

A drawing similar to drawing 87 was published 1 March 1801 by Thomas Malton (fl. 1748-1804) entitled Lothbury Court, Bank. In contrast to the published drawing, the ornament has been altered within the niches of the entry gate.

Soane exhibited a 'view of one of the interior quadrangles of the Bank of England' at the Royal Academy in 1807 (1060). Staffage was probably added by the painter Antonio Van Assen (exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1778 and 1804).

Level

Drawing

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