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SM (1) volume 72/24 (2) volume 72/58


Preliminary design, 14 March 1803 (2)


1 Section looking west and (pencil) rough elevations; (verso) rough section looking east of the Doric Vestibule and surrounding offices 2 Section looking north and rough details


(1-2) to a scale


1 The Bank. Accountants Office, Section, elevation labelled (Soane, pencil): Qy architrave / only to the / doors at this / end & at the / opposite end, and (Soane, brown pen) dimensions given; (verso) section labelled (Soane, brown pen): facade same / height &c. as in / the Barrack Court, level of the court to be the same as the level of the Barrack Court, Central / Inspector, Chief Act, same cornice as to Barrack Court, Set / back, This Apl 3d 1803, Chim, Set back, Arcade, Princip: / Clerk, Acct Office 2 The Bank of England Accountants Office, Section and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (1) March 14 1803 (verso) Apl 3d 1803 (2) March 14 1803


(1) Soane office and Soane (2) Soane office


Drawings 1 and 2 show an early design for the Accountants Office, including a flat ceiling. Five bays of tall semicircular-headed windows are shown on the north wall. The west end of the room has a segmental-headed window over an arched recess containing a semicircular window on the far wall. The arched recess is not framed by any pilasters as it was in the executed building.



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