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SM (25) volume 73/48


Design for the recess north of the Vestibule


25 Section looking north, showing the north recess of the Doric Vestibule and part of the adjacent Accountant's Office


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Signed and dated

  • datable to mid April 1803


Soane office


Drawing 25 shows a design corresponding with drawings 23 to 24. The relatively wide antae framing the door, and the flanking semicircular alcoves, are shown in plan on drawings 22 and 23. A small closet and arched doorway shown on the left of drawing 25 provided access to the windlass for opening the iron door of the Princes Street entrance. The section shows a one-storey building and a similarly short screen wall. In the executed design, the corridor led to a four-storey building.



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