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Reference number

SM (6) volume 64/5 (7) volume 64/7 (8) volume 64/19

Purpose

Record drawings of designs for the rotunda (3)

Aspect

6 Sectional elevation; and half- plan with reflected ceiling plan 7 Elevation; and half-plan with reflected ceiling plan showing ouroboros motif in the ceiling 8 Sectional elevation; and half-plan

Scale

(6-8) to a scale

Inscribed

6,8 (pencil) The Rotunda / Bank of England 7 (pencil) The Rotunda. Bank of England.

Signed and dated

(6-8) datable to 1794

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawings 6 to 8 show a rotunda with semicircular arches surmounted by lunettes surrounded by wide architraves and an umbrella dome. Drawings 6 and 7 show alternative designs for the ceiling decoration and drawing 8 shows the masonry. The walls of the Rotunda were strengthened in 1795 by an additional stone casing. Taylor's Rotunda had been as tall as it was wide but Soane's encased Rotunda was about four feet less in diameter and the alcoves were similarly reduced.

Level

Drawing

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