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image Image 1 for SM (26) volume 74/70 (27) volume 74/71
image Image 2 for SM (26) volume 74/70 (27) volume 74/71
  • image Image 1 for SM (26) volume 74/70 (27) volume 74/71
  • image Image 2 for SM (26) volume 74/70 (27) volume 74/71

Reference number

SM (26) volume 74/70 (27) volume 74/71

Purpose

Designs for lantern to the central dome, 1799 (2)

Aspect

26 Transverse Section through the 3 prcent Consols Transfer Office 27 Transverse Section through the 3 prcent Consols Transfer Office, a more detailed version of drawing 27

Scale

(26-27) bar scale

Inscribed

26-27 as above, (Bailey) The Bank

Signed and dated

(26-27) datable to after 28 July 1799 (see note below)

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawing 26 shows the lantern above the pendentive dome with caryatid supports, similar to those in the oculus of the Rotunda. The drawing can thus be dated to after 28 July 1799, when the decision was made to have the 12 figures in line of columns (see drawing 25). The caryatids were supplied by E. Coade and cost 20 guineas each.
The drawing also experiments with decorative features. It shows the striated spandrels of the dome centred on rosettes, panelled pilasters with an incised capital with volutes, Greek key fret and anthemion, and panels on the soffits of the trunk arch in the side-aisle with bead and oak leaf moulding. Drawings 28-50 experiment with these decorative features to a larger scale.

Level

Drawing

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