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Reference number

SM (52) volume 45/19 (53) volume 45/20 (54) volume 45/21 (55) volume 45/23

Purpose

Site progress drawings of passage, 28 April 1815 (4)

Aspect

52 View of temporary timber framework of barrel vault in passage and (verso, pencil) unidentified sketch plan 53 View of courses of stone covering the temporary timber framework of barrel vault 54 View of new passage under construction within original vestibule decorated with dentilled cornice and lion masks 55 Unfinished view of new passage under construction within original vestibule

Inscribed

52 Part of the new / Treasury at the / Bank 53 Part of the new Treasury at the Bank

Signed and dated

(52-55) April 28 1815

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(53) 1812

Notes

Drawing 54 reveals an important part of the building process, the use of braziers. These are metal containers for hot coals and were used to create a warm environment during construction to dry out the plaster, particularly during the colder months.

The views also reveal other tools and machinery such as a mason's mallet and a windlass; a principal piece of machinery consisting of a system of lever, pulley and ropes for hoisting pieces of masonry.

Drawings 54-55 clearly demonstrate the construction of the new passage within the pre-existing structure of the original vestibule.

Level

Drawing

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