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image SM (93) 12/3/12

Reference number

SM (93) 12/3/12

Purpose

Record drawing of the south and west sides of the Court, February 1800

Aspect

93 Perspective looking south west showing triumphal arch motif with a niche and roundel between the columns on either side of the entrance with figurative sculptures above, and to the west a screen of four Corinthian columns raised in antis directly in front of a pair of Corinthian columns raised in antis

Inscribed

The Bank of England, View of a Design for the "Lothbury Court"

Signed and dated

Febry 7th 1800

Hand

Soane office

Notes

In drawing 93, the west side of Lothbury Court consists of a screen of four columns, with the two central columns paired with an additional set of columns behind. The façade does not complement the south side of the court, as the columns are larger, and the columniation does not mirror the east side of the court either. The unusual twin columns must have been included for their contribution to the Residence Court façade: they would mirror the other twin columns in the north west corner of that court.

The south side of the Court has the Bullion Arch, a triumphal arch with a Corinthian columns breaking forward. The orders are surmounted by four figurative statues, each representing one of the continents. The statues were modelled by Coade and Sealy, each costing £88.10 and supplied in August 1801 (Stroud).

Literature

D. Stroud, Sir John Soane, Architect, 1984, p. 157.

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Drawing

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