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image SM (9) volume 72/16

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SM (9) volume 72/16


Design with arched ceiling, May 1803


9 Section looking north, with alterations suggesting a coffered arched ceiling


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The Bank, Accountants Office and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 7 1803


Soane office and Soane


I Taylor 1801


Soane's alteration to drawing 9 shows a preliminary design for an arched ceiling. The drawing includes spandrels ornamented with an incised Greek key pattern and paterae. An ox heads and festoon moulding decorates the entablature that rests upon the Ionic half-columns and pilasters (see drawings 31 and 32). Ox heads, rather than bucrania (ox skulls), are shown on the frieze. This was a Hellenistic motif that occurs also at the Temple of Vest at Tivoli (Richardson).


M. Richardson, 'John Soane and the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli', Architectural History, vol. 46, 2003, pp. 129-145.



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