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Reference number

SM (27) volume 70/3 (28) volume 70/4 (29) volume 70/5 (30) volume 70/6

Purpose

Site progress drawings of passage, datable to late 1814 (4)

Aspect

27 View showing arches of diagonal passage breaking through pre-existing masonry and brickwork of south west corner of Rotunda 28-29 View of timber beams supporting construction of new passage 30 View of temporary timber centring supporting construction of barrel vault and (verso) sections of bead mouldings

Inscribed

27 dimensions given

Signed and dated

(27-30) datable to late 1814

Hand

(27-30) George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-1816)

Notes

Soane sent his pupils out in pairs to make drawings of his buildings under construction at different stages. He believed the principles and practices of construction were invaluable to an architect and the knowledge could only be gained by experience and observation of the progress of building. Some of the drawings would have been drawn directly into the sketchbook on site, others would have been sketched on site and then finished formally at the office and pasted into the sketchbook later, as with drawing 29.

The drawings are in an octavo sketchbook inscribed on the first page; Sketches of the New Entrance / to the Rotunda at the Bank / from the Pay Hall Court / made during the progress of / the Works in the year 1814-1815. Some of the drawings within the sketchbook are signed by Basevi which would suggest that it belonged to him and all the drawings are in his hand.

The drawings reveal the passage to be built entirely of stone and brick, all incombustible materials. The timber beams and centring would be removed once the mortar has dried and the passage and arches are self-supporting.

Level

Drawing

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