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image SM (38) volume 73/80

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SM (38) volume 73/80


Design for the vestibule with windows in the recesses, May 1803


38 Section looking east


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The Bank Vestibule next Princes Street, Section and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 6 1803


Soane office and Soane


Modifications to drawing 38 include a lunette over the doors in both recesses. Drawing 38 resembles the underlying elevation, prior to modifications, on drawing 49. Both drawings were probably initially executed in May 1803 but drawing 49 shows modifications from December 1803.



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