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SM (48) volume 72/12


Alternative design for an expanded clerestory, 22 November 1803


48 Section looking east, showing the recesses reduced and the central hall expanded in the clerestory on the north and south sides; (verso) rough pencil elevation of an arcade beside a pedimented façade


bar scale


The Bank, Vestibule,

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / Novr 22nd 1803


Soane office and Soane


J Whatman 1801


Drawing 48 is a record drawing which has been significantly altered. Erasure marks indicate that the drawing originally showed recesses as in, for example, drawing 49.



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