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SM (5) 10/4/2


Design for ornamentation of the pilasters, 19 July 1796


5 Details of ornament showing variants of Greek key motif


The Bank, (Soane) Take this

Signed and dated

  • July 19 96


Soane office and Soane


Drawing 5 shows variant designs for the incised lines (sinkings) in the plaster on the pilasters of the Four Per Cent Office. The ornamentation is a unique variation of a Greek key pattern, similar to the decoration around the lunettes in the Rotunda. The executed pilaster 'entablature' was simpler than that shown, consisting of three horizontal lines rather than the Greek key motif shown in drawing 5.



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