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Reference number

SM (19) volume 74/103a (10) volume 74/102a (21) volume 74/104

Purpose

Working drawings for ornamentation in the Rotunda, one dated 7 September 1795 (3)

Aspect

19 (Soane) Plan of part of the / Window and part-elevation; (verso) rough pencil details of fret pattern 20 Part-elevation showing variant design for decoration 21 Part-elevation of the Rotunda and details of decorative motifs

Scale

(19-21) bar scales

Inscribed

19 as above, Make D equal to half E F, D, E, F, Stone, (office hand) A, A. The width of this Ribbon / to be exactly the same as / that around the (underlined) Stone Arches, The Bank of England and dimensions given, (verso) Stone Fascia 20 The Bank of England, Design for ornamenting the "Rotunda" 21 (Bailey) Sketch of Design for Rotunda, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

(19) Lincolns Inn Fields Sepr 7th 1795 (21) 1795

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Notes

Drawings 19 to 21 show variants of the Greek key pattern and wavy line incised into the plaster around the windows and in the ribs of the dome. Erasure marks on drawing 20 show that ornamentation was initially intended in an arcade form around the room. Soane's colleagues took issue with the surface application of Soane's novel ornamentation, stating in 'The Modern Goth' (1796) his decorative style resembled 'scor'd loins of pork'.

Literature

A.T. Bolton, The Portrait of Sir John Soane, RA, London, 1927. pp. 62-65.

Level

Drawing

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