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Reference number

SM (51) 1/8/3 (52) 1/8/2 (53) volume 60/5

Purpose

Presentation drawings of variant designs for the Doric Vestibule, including the executed design, one dated 4 February 1804 (3)

Aspect

51 Interior perspective looking east, showing design with expanded clerestory 52 Interior perspective looking north, showing the Vestibule without columns framing the Princes Street entrance 53 Interior perspective looking north, showing the Doric Vestibule as built

Inscribed

51 Vestibule, next to Princes Street, Bank 52 View of the Vestibule from Princes Street, Bank of England 53 Bank Vestibule from Princes Street

Signed and dated

(51) L.I.F. Feb: 4: 1804 (52) 1804

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawing 51 corresponds with drawing 48, showing an expanded clerestory. The perspective shows that the clerestory was to have a semicircular arch, achieving a pendentive dome in the ceiling above the hall.

Drawings 52 and 53 are very similar but, in addition to the subtle variation in door casings and rustication, drawing 52 varies by its omission of any columns framing the entrance. Drawing 53 shows the Doric order as constructed. As shown, the Doric columns were all of different proportions, maintaining the same diameter as their heights shifted in the multi-level Vestibule. The result is less than satisfactory. Drawing 52 shows a perspective of the Vestibule without the columns.

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