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SM (1) 1/7/11 (2) 1/7/12


Presentation drawings for the north side of the Great Quadrangle, 8 and 9 May 1805 (2)


1 Section of the Barracks with screen wall and courts, looking east 2 Section of the north elevation of the Barracks and the Barrack Room; rough pencil section of barrel vault; (verso) plan of the Doric Vestibule


(1-2) bar scale


1 (Soane) Bank of England, Submitted to the Com[mittee] & approved May 9. 1805, Floor of the Basement, Floor of the Acc[ountan] ts office, A, B, Elevation of one side of the Quadrangle / from A to B already built, Paving of the / Quadrangle three feet below the paving / of the footway in Lothbury, Section of the Room over / the officers Bedroom / &c, Elevation of the Barrack / Court, Section of the external wall, Paving of the Barrack Court, Foot paving in Lothbury and some dimensions given 2 (Soane) Bank of England, Submitted to the Com[mittee]: & approved May 9. 1805, Elevation of the North side of the Barrack Court / (different hand) (as Designed), (Soane) Section of the Barrack room, floor of Pass, A, A. use the old Rough Rustic / from the wall to be taken / down, ---- Room, Barracks, and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (1) Lin: Inn Fields May 8: 1805 (2) Lin. Inn Fields / May 9: 1805


(1-2) Soane office and Soane


(1-2) J Ruse 1804


Drawings 1 and 2 were approved by the Building Committee in May 1805. The drawings show the Barracks on the north side of the Great Quadrangle, across from the Accountants Office. To the north, the building faced a gated courtyard on to Lothbury Street. The building is shown on the same level as Lothbury Street, 3 feet above the Great Quadrangle. Soane's alterations to the drawings suggest lowering the level of the Court so that two of the Barracks' doors face on to the Court. Other alterations show a bracketed pediment over a window on the first floor and the adjoining building is shown as double-height with a clerestory lunette and three doors on the south wall.

The verso of drawing 2 shows the Doric Vestibult as built, omitting the columns at the west (left-hand side) end. The drawing could be a study for a perspective, with pencil lines extending from a single vantage point.



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