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Reference number

SM (14) volume 73/73 (15) volume 73/76 (16) volume 73/75 (17) volume 73/74

Purpose

Variant designs for a vestibule with paired columns at all four entrances, 8 and 9 April 1803 (4)

Aspect

14 Section looking east 15 Section looking east showing variant design for the north and south recesses 16 Section looking north, showing alternative design for the loggia 17 Section looking north, showing design for the loggia; and part plan of the loggia

Scale

(14-17) bar scale

Inscribed

14 The Bank Vestibule next Princes Street and dimensions given 15 The Bank Vestibule next Princes Street 16 The Bank Vestibule next Princes Street, Section and some dimensions given 17 The Bank Vestibule next Princes Street and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(14) April 8th 1803 (15) April 9th 1803 (16) April 8th 1803 (17) April 8th 1803 and detail dated April 9

Hand

(14-16) Soane office (17) Soane office and Soane

Notes

Drawings 14 to 17 show the introduction of paired Doric columns framing the doors at the east and west ends of the vestibule. The sets of paired columns in the vestibule all vary in height but are the same diameter.

Drawings 16 and 17 show smaller openings to the recesses, unifying the composition of the elevation and more closely framing the Doric columns. The large framing antae of previous designs (for example drawings 12 and 13) are replaced by small antae and solid wall. The antae are thus aligned with the clerestory lunette overhead and the composition of the wall is more ordered.

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Drawing

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