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image (61) XP4

Reference number

(61) XP4

Purpose

Framed drawing of the entrance from Lothbury Street, 1804

Aspect

61 Elevation of the entrance

Inscribed

(upper case) Part of the north front of the Bank as originally intended, (on frame, upper case) North front, Bank of England, (as intended) Sir John Soane 1804

Signed and dated

as above, 1804

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The entrance is shown 'as originally intended', corresponding with Soane's early pre-February 1796 designs that include figurative statues in the attic and scrolled acroteria over the attic. Also included in the design (and not shown in earlier design drawings) are figurative statues with relief panels above, both behind the columns and on the main face of the wall to either side of the entrance gate. Relief panels also decorate the attic panels.

Level

Drawing

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