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Reference number

SM (1) 1/2/8 (2) 1/2/9

Purpose

Record drawing and alternative design drawing of the Rotunda (formerly Brokers' Exchange) built by Robert Taylor (2)

Aspect

1 Elevation of a niche flanked by Corinthian columns 2 Plan and elevation showing three arched entrances separate by coupled raised Corinthian columns, and a ceiling decorated with paterae

Scale

(1) bar scale (2) to a scale

Inscribed

1 (Bailey) Bank of England, Part of the Rotunda as built by Sir Robert Taylor 2 A Section of the Brokers Exchange / (Bailey) as designed by Sir Robert Taylor

Signed and dated

(2) c. 1765

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen and grey wash, on wove paper (391 x 492) (2) pen and grey wash, within triple ruled border, on laid paper (516 x 345)

Hand

(1) Soane office (2) Taylor office

Watermark

(2) J W[hatman] (watermark trimmed)

Notes

Drawing 2 shows paterae in the ceiling of the dome rather than the octagonal coffering that was executed in Taylor's Rotunda. In the built design, the semicircular arches contained alternating pedimented doors and niches.

Level

Drawing

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