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Reference number

SM (26) volume 69/33 (27) 9/2/1b (28) volume 75/94

Purpose

Record drawings by J.M. Gandy of the Volunteers' Dinner in the Rotunda, September 1799 (3)

Aspect

26 Rough interior view showing people seated at three long tables inside the Rotunda surrounded by decorative lights, flags and an image of a female bust at the entrance 27 Interior view as in drawing 25, additionally showing the central table higher than the others and a company of musicians in the vestibule 28 Interior view as in drawing 25 showing musicians as in drawing 26

Inscribed

26 View of the "Rotunda at the Bank of England" during an / Entertainment given to the Bank Volunteers

Signed and dated

(26) Sepr 9 1799

Medium and dimensions

[Unknown Value in Data]

Hand

(26-28) Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843, assistant in Soane office 1798-1801)

Watermark

(27) J Whatman 1794

Notes

The Bank Volunteer Corps was assembled in May 1798. On 2 September 1799, after the Regiment was presented its colours at Lord's Cricket Ground, a dinner was given in the Rotunda. It was supplied by Birch's at a cost of £674 7s. 5d.

The country had been at war with France for over five years when Thomas Raikes, Governor of the Bank, submitted a proposal for arming staff to protect the Bank. A corps of 450 clerks was led by Field Officers and Captains chosen from among the Directors, and Lieutenants and Ensigns from the staff. On 24 May the Military Committee reported that 503 clerks had signed a declaration agreeing to serve in a volunteer regiment. The men would be 'clothed in Scarlet with Green facings, and white Kerseymere Waistcoats and Breeches'. Among the officers chosen, John Soane was appointed Quartermaster. In May 1802 the Regiment was disbanded after the Treaty of Amiens was signed. When hostilities began again, the Corps was reinstated in May 1803 and continued to serve the Bank until 1 July 1814.

See also SM volume 69/34, 1/8/7 and volume 75/95, drawings 7 to 9 in scheme 2:4, for drawings of the Volunteer's dinner in the Four Per Cent Office, September 1799 and 1801.

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Drawing

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