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image SM (16) 9/4/17

Reference number

SM (16) 9/4/17

Purpose

Presentation drawing for the first floor of the Printing Office

Aspect

16 (Bailey) Plan of the proposed Printing Offices &c

Scale

bar scale

Inscribed

as above, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

datable to late 1807 (see Notes); (Bailey) April 1808

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

J Whatman 1804

Notes

Drawing 16 shows the plan of the first floor, including the layout of desks inside two of the rooms. The Drying Room was situated north of the Court, above the Barracks. Clerical offices were situated on the east side of the Court. A plan for the new offices was approved on February 1807, and another on October 1807. The building was completed in mid March 1808 and the printing presses were installed after July 1808. The date appears to have been added by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and assistant 1806-37, curator of the Soane Museum 1837-60) and therefore could be inaccurate.

Level

Drawing

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