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Reference number

SM (27) 1/6/20 (28) 1/6/19

Purpose

Designs for a four-columned portico, showing alternative podiums and columniation at the corners, September 1804 (2)

Aspect

27 Ground floor plan; (verso) full size details of the (Soane) Cornice to Pedestal and Base to Pedestal 28 Ground floor plan; (pencil) rough elevation and cross section; (pencil) rough part-elevation of the podium

Scale

(27) bar scale (28) to a scale

Inscribed

27 The Bank of England, Design for the North West Corner; (verso) as above, Take this 28 The Bank of England, Design for the North West Corner

Signed and dated

(27) October 1804 (verso) Sepr 24 1804 (28) Sepr 28: 1804 and in feint pencil Oct

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Notes

The four-columned portico is aligned in front of paired columns in antis, with an open chamber having ends on semi-circular plans. As in drawings 21 to 23, drawing 27 shows a four-columned portico projecting in front of paired columns in antis, but the design omits those columns set at an angle to the main face. The podium is fronted by a stair on a concentric segmental plan. Small windows face towards the rear, suggesting that the plan could be for an upper storey (as shown in the upper storey of previous designs, see drawings 13 and 14). The portico is between segments of wall set at an angle to the main face, altered in Soane's hand to be squared-off.

Drawing 28 shows the podium with rounded corners. The right-hand side of the sheet shows twin columns at the side of the building. A (feint) pencil elevation corresponds to this columniation, showing an attic consisting of three bays each faced with a semicircular-headed arch and separated by fluted columns capped by antefixes, surmounted by a pedestal over the middle bay.

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