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Reference number

SM (1) volume 73/52 (2) volume 73/53 (3) volume 73/54

Purpose

Preliminary variant designs for Vestibule with paired columns in north and south recesses, 29, 30 and 31 March 1803 (3)

Aspect

1 Ground floor plan; part section; and rough details 2-3 Ground floor plan

Scale

(1-3) bar scale

Inscribed

1 plan labelled (Soane, some in pencil): Final (I believe) / NB this plan regulates / the section, Access between Inspectors Office, Recess for Principal Clerk & way out, vestibule / Bank, next Princes Street, windlass / for / windows / Iron door, leave / a / flue, Tryglyphs [sic] / determine the / exact space / between Colms, Groove, Qy width, AB equal to BC, Qy, B, A, C, Qy, dimensions given, and details labelled: Archway Lothbury / 11.9 wide, Base of Barrack yard, Hole in wall, Tooled Plinth, Floor, Top of tooled plinth, March 29. 1803, Part of Princes Street / where the entrance / Cutts 2 some dimensions given 3 The Bank vestibule next Princes Street, Arcade to Inspectors Office, Recess for Principal / Clerk, Windlass for Iron Door, leave / for / flue, The Tryglyphs determine / the exact space between / the columns, Groove for Iron Door, dimensions given and (Soane) Qy, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; (verso) Sunday Ro' / Sketches of / the Vestibule / next Princes Street

Signed and dated

(1) March 29. 1803 (2) March 30 1803 (3) March 31 1803

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Notes

In comparison to an earlier design dated January 1803 (SM 9/2/9, drawing 7 in scheme 3:6), drawings 1 to 3 show a further development of the vestibule's recesses and a more pronounced accentuation of the hall's east-west axis. The arcade to the Inspector's Office is centred on the north wall, rather than a chimneypiece as shown in earlier drawings.

Drawings 1 to 3 show preliminary designs for the Doric Vestibule, the first of which Soane considered building ('Final' inscribed on the drawing). The modifications on drawing 1 are shown in finished form in drawing 3. Modifications to drawing 3 suggest further alterations to the design, including coved corners at the east end of the vestibule and a stair descending to Princes Street.

Level

Drawing

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