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Reference number

SM (7) volume 69/34 (8) 1/8/7 (9) volume 75/95

Purpose

Record drawings by J.M. Gandy of the Volunteers' Dinner in the Four Per Cent Office, 1799-1801 (3)

Aspect

7 Rough interior view showing the Four Per Cent Office with uniformed men sitting at tables running the length of the central hall and in the northern arms, with serving tables in the southern arms; a stove is in the centre of the hall; with candles around the walls and on the central stove 8 Interior view as in drawing 7 9 Interior view as in drawing 7 and including two women and a child standing in the foreground

Inscribed

7 View of the Dividend Pay Office. Bank of England 8 (Bailey) View of the Consols Dividend Office

Signed and dated

(7) Sepr 10 1799 (9) Febry 18th 1801

Medium and dimensions

[Unknown Value in Data]

Hand

(7-9) Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843, assistant in Soane office 1798-1801)

Watermark

(8) J Whatman 1794

Notes

The Bank Volunteer Corps was assembled in May 1798. On 2 September 1799, after the Regiment was presented with 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 war broke out again, the Corps was reinstated in May 1803 and continued to serve the Bank until 1 July 1814.

See also drawings SM volume 69/33, 9/2/1b and volume 75/94, drawings 26 to 28 in scheme 2:3, for drawings of the Volunteers Dinner in the Rotunda.

Level

Drawing

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