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SM (61) volume 73/92


Preliminary design for the ornamentation of the domed ceiling, 18 March 1804


61 Section of the dome; details of mouldings; section showing ball moulding; and section of the moulding on the ribs of the dome


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1½ (twice), ½ (four times), B. See Bank Stock, E, A See Vestibule near the Rotunda, ¾, Inch / 1, between D.D. 2 flutes, D, Vestibule

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  • March: 18: 18[04] (sheet trimmed)




The ornamentation in the Vestibule's ceiling includes mouldings copied from other parts of the Bank. The design for the rosette in the soffit is a copy from the Bank Stock Office (built 1791-93). The ovolo moulding is copied from the Vestibule to the Rotunda (built 1791).



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