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Reference number

SM (5) volume 75/35 (6) 91/2/4a

Purpose

Designs for the Cashier's Office, showing interior ornament, one dated 29 May 1805 (2)

Aspect

5 Section looking east showing coffered pendentive dome with ribbed soffits and an apsidal west end ornamented with coffering and containing two doors, each set within a blind semicircular arch 6 Two transverse sections with one section looking west

Scale

(5-6) bar scale (sheet trimmed)

Inscribed

5 Design for the end of the Cashiers Office, The Bank of England and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(6) Lincolns Inn Fields May 29th 1805

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The Cashier's Office in plan was rectangular with a semicircular end. Upon observing the Bank of England firsthand, authors Yerbury and Steele found the Chashier's Office to be of special interest: 'The internal wall surface was panelled in wood: the panels flush with style and rail and so carefully put together that, with a covering of paint, the joints were invisible except in a strong light. It is said that the object of this wooden skin was to make the office - a large room 47 by 29 feet- warmer for the clerks'. Photographs taken of the Bank before its demolition (1925) show that the ceilings, though remarkable, did not contain as much decoration as shown in drawings 4 and 5. The apsidal ceiling was only decorated with two simple panels and the pendentive dome was ornamented with umbrella-like ribs and an incised Greek key pattern similar to the Rotunda.

The west end of the Cashier's Office was reconstructed as a part of the Long Passage in 1805.

Level

Drawing

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