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SM (47) volume 60/41


Record drawing of a design for the Accountants Office


47 Interior perspective looking west


(Bailey) Bank, A Design for the Accountants Office for £5 notes

Signed and dated

  • datable to between September 1803 and August 1804 (see Notes below)


Soane office


Drawings for the Accountants Office show two alternative designs for an arched ceiling. The segmental arch design, initially shown in early drawings from 30 September 1803, was reverted to after experimentation with a coved ceiling of quarter-circular curved corners (as in drawings 28 to 31). Drawing 47, therefore, could have been executed between September 1803 and August 1804.



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