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Reference number

SM (2) volume 74/75 (3) volume 74/99 (4) volume 74/106

Purpose

Record drawings of the Rotunda and Four Per Cent Office (3)

Aspect

2 Section from the west showing the Rotunda and the Four Per Cent Office without interior ornament 3 Section from the east showing the Four Per Cent Office and half of the Rotunda 4 Section from the east showing the Four Per Cent office, the Rotunda, and transfer hall built by Robert Taylor without interior ornament

Scale

(2) to a scale (3-4) bar scale

Inscribed

2 (Bailey) Section through the Consols Dividend Office and the Rotunda, looking East 3 Section of Rotunda & 4 P Cent Office (Bailey) (since Consols Dividend Office) and dimensions given, 4 (Bailey) The Bank of England, Section through the 4pr Cent Office, the Rotunda & Consols Dividend Office

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The Four Per Cent Office (later the Consols Dividend Office) was located to the north of the Rotunda, on axis with Threadneedle Street. Drawings 2 to 4 show the relationship between these two halls in section. In drawing 4, one of Robert Taylor's two remaining transfer halls is included in the section.

The Four Per Cent Office was built basically from the same plan as the Bank Stock Office. In elevation, however, the Four Per Cent Office was different: the large arches around the main hall were semicircular while the long arms contained segmental arches, essentially an inverse of the Bank Stock Office. Doric columns supported the lantern roof rather than the iron ties of the Stock Office lantern. The decoration was also different, with ribbed pendentives and a Greek key motif incised in the pilasters. The latter ornamentation resembled the decoration of the Rotunda, designed and built simultaneous to the Four Per Cent Office.

Level

Drawing

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