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image Image 1 for SM (20) volume 73/56 (21) volume 73/62
image Image 2 for SM (20) volume 73/56 (21) volume 73/62
  • image Image 1 for SM (20) volume 73/56 (21) volume 73/62
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Reference number

SM (20) volume 73/56 (21) volume 73/62

Purpose

Variant designs for a Vestibule with paired columns at all four entrances, one dated 8 April 1803 (2)

Aspect

20 Ground floor plan 21 Copy of drawing 18 with some variations added

Scale

(20-21) bar scale

Inscribed

20 The Bank Vestibule next Princes Street, dimensions given and feint pencil inscriptions in Soane hand, including Col[umn] (twice), Qy

Signed and dated

(20) April 8 1803

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Notes

Drawing 21 appears to be a copy of drawing 20, which is pricked for transfer. Pencil modifications to drawing 20 show semicircular niches in the recesses, which are included in drawings 22 to 24. Drawings 20 and 21 also include a stairwell to the south east of the Vestibule. In drawing 21 an extra pair of columns is included on the east side of the Vestibule, mirroring the three other sides of the square hall. The two columns framing the entrance have been cancelled, suggesting their omission. Nearly identical corridors extend from the north and south sides of the vestibule, maintaining an internal circulation to the south rather than the paved Barracks court as shown in earlier designs.

Level

Drawing

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