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Reference number

SM (83) volume 75/67 (84) volume 72/36 (85) volume 72/54

Purpose

Alternative designs for the south side of the Waiting Room Court, including executed design, September to October 1803 (3)

Aspect

83 Elevation 84 Section; and details of patera 85 Elevation as executed; and details of moulding and column base

Scale

(83) bar scale (84) to a scale (85) bar scale and full size

Inscribed

83 The Bank of England and elevation labelled, some in red pen (Soane): Centre of Deputy / Governors Room, B (twice), Qy fa-- (face?) of balustrade, A (four times), Query 23'0", A.A. to be 1/3 the width / of B, x no windows, Bank / Collonade Court / Final 84 (Soane) Qy 9'6" or 9'9" and dimensions given 85 (Soane) A, A / Full size and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(83) Sepr 4: 1803 (84) This side Oct 4 1803 and Oct: 4 1803

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Watermark

(84) Taylor 1801 (85) J Whatman 1801

Notes

As shown in the variant plans for the north-west extension (for example SM 9/2/9, drawing 7) the windows on the south side of the Court were a concern; shedding light into the offices was of the utmost importance, as these smaller rooms were not top-lit. The Governor's Room, Deputy Governor's Room and two waiting rooms faced the Court from the south. Each of these offices needed windows looking on to the Waiting Room Court, including the Governor's Room located in the far south-east corner of the Court. Drawing 83 shows paired attached columns in the centre of the elevation, with each column pair framing a window. This design allowed for two large, but centrally located, windows. Drawing 85 shows the executed design with a similar column feature, in correspondence with other walls of the Court, but also with understated windows at the corners of the elevation. In drawing 85, the ornamentation in the attic is not as executed; the executed version had Vitruvian scrolls decorating the central panel. As in the executed version, drawing 85 shows the columns between pilasters rather than antae. Soane had previously used antae to frame columns, as in the Lothbury Street screen walll; this design is a notable departure.

Level

Drawing

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