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SM (7) volume 73/43 (8) volume 73/44


Preliminary design showing basement level, one dated 30 April 1803 (2)


7 Transverse section looking west 8 Longitudinal section looking north with segmental clerestory window added


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7 The Bank, (pencil) Entablat[ure] / Plan of End / Section, H of Col. 11:6 diam 1:4, Floor 9 / Cornice 9 / 1:6 and (pen) dimensions given 8 The Bank of England, Section of the Accts Off and dimensions given

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  • (7) April 30 1803 (8) (Copy) / May 6 1803


(7) Soane office (8) Soane office and Soane


Drawing 7 has the same design as drawings 3 and 5 for the Accountants Office, but also shows the basement and the adjoining loggia. The south side of the Accountants Office has two levels of windows in drawing 7, with the upper level looking over the loggia, thereby permitting a southern light to enter the interior. The lower range of windows look onto the loggia. The executed design included tall semicircular-headed windows on both sides of the Office, with the southern side facing a double-height loggia.

A preliminary design for a lunette, in Soane's hand, is shown in drawing 8. The lunette in drawing 8 mirrors the design for the opposite wall. The executed design did not incorporate clerestory windows; achieving symmetry, as well as the clerks' requisite light source, the south elevation windows were elongated to match their counterparts on the north side of the room. Top-lighting in the transfer offices had been a source of complaint, as the high sun produced an undesirable glare on the clerks' ledgers. The windows in the Accountants Office, therefore, provided for the indirect lighting that was best for the clerks' work.



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