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image Image 1 for SM (29) volume 75/37 (30) 11/1/4
image Image 2 for SM (29) volume 75/37 (30) 11/1/4
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  • image Image 1 for SM (29) volume 75/37 (30) 11/1/4
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Reference number

SM (29) volume 75/37 (30) 11/1/4

Purpose

Variant designs for ornament in the Long Passage, April 1806 (2)

Aspect

29 Plan with laid out elevations 30 Details of mouldings; (verso) plan with laid out elevations and rough details

Scale

(29) bar scale (30) full size and to a scale

Inscribed

29 The Bank of England, Plan & Sections of new Passage 30 Bank / Long Passage, Soffit for Great Rose, Line of old ceiling, Section on GH, one inch, Qy, Square to / contain / the great Rose, bead (seven times), Qy / fret / in / this / pannel, proj[ect] of / Cornice, Modiglian (sic, Modillion), Plan of / Soffit of part, Modiglian, proj of / Cornice, Console, 9 meters ¾, and lettered A to H, Fret cut very shallow / see Drawing at large

Signed and dated

(29) (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields May 7th 1806 (30) April 27 1806 (verso) rough details dated Bank April 26 1806

Hand

(29) Soane office (30) Soane; (verso) Soane office

Notes

The Long Passage was rebuilt at the same time as the Discount Office. It ran from north to south along the west side of the Bullion Court, providing easy communication from the entrance lobby to the Chief Cashier's Office, Secretary, and the Accountants Office and other buildings in the newly built north-west extension. The plans on drawings 29 and 30 verso show the southern end of the Long Passage; the door recessed in a segmental-headed arch gives onto to the lobby of the Director's offices. The right-hand side of both drawings leads north. The design on the verso of drawing 30 must be an earlier plan, with a window added in pencil (which appears in drawing 29) and a disregard for ornament. Drawing 29 shows how the Long Passage was a series of arches, not unlike the loggia on the north side of the Waiting Room Court (scheme 3:6).

Level

Drawing

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