(9-11) to a scale
9 The Rotunda, Bank of England
10 The Bank of England, The Rotunda
11 (Soane, brown pen) Design laid before the Committee on Tuesday May 27. 1794 / by them approved, & proposed to the Court on / Thursday May 29: 1794 & ordered to be executed with / all possible expedition. J.S., and some dimensions given
Signed and dated
(9) Lincolns Inn Fields May 31st 1794 (10) John Soane Arch., Lincolns Inn Fields May 23d 1794 (11) John Soane Archt, Lincolns Inn Fields May 26 1794
Drawings 9 to 11 were presented to the Building Committee on 29 May 1794 as designs for the Rotunda. As noted in the inscription, drawing 11 was approved for building & ordered to be executed with / all possible expedition. The design was presented only two weeks after the Building Committee had decided to rebuild. Drawings 9 to 11 vary only slightly in design. Drawing 10 shows a smaller door added to the plan, and the elevation includes a second layer of wall supporting half of a semicircular arch; the purpose for these inclusions is unknown. Drawings 9 to 11 show the hall's interior decoration but it was the building's construction and basic form that concerned the Committee and architect at this early stage of design.
See Soane Museum Model 606 for a model of part of the Rotunda, showing the masonry courses.
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