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Reference Number

SM (29) 1/6/7 (30) 1/6/6 (31) 1/6/9

Purpose

Variant designs for a four-columned portico between twin columns set at an angle to the main face, September and October 1804 (3)

Aspect

29 Front elevation and ground floor plan 30 Front elevation 31 Front elevation

Scale

(29) to a scale (30-31) bar scale

Inscribed

29 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the North West End and (Soane) calculations 30 The Bank of England, Design for the North West Corner, 3'0" 31 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the North West Corner

Signed and dated

(29) Sepr 20: 1804 (31) Octr 3 1804

Watermark

(30-31) J Whatman 1804

Hand

(29) Soane office and Soane (30-31) Soane office

Notes

In drawing 29, each of the four columns is raised on an individual pedestal and the twin columns at both ends share pedestals. As in earlier drawings (for example 21, 27 and 28) two columns in antis are situated behind the middle two columns of the portico, with a recess behind the portico. The plan shows enclosed chambers flanking the recess, (as in drawing 21) as oppposed to the open plan in drawings 27 and 28. The attic is surmounted by a plinth with a single attic panel between pilasters and overall a shallow domed cap. The drawing has been altered to emphasize the projecting cornice over the portico.

In drawing 30 the four columns are raised on a single podium. The separate pedestals supporting the twin columns on each side have a door beneath them. The attic is the same as that shown in drawing 29 but with urns at the corners and a more decorative and enlarged domed cap.

Drawing 31 also shows the portico raised on a single podium. An arched door is in the middle of the podium partly below street level. The attic is similar to the design in drawing 30, but with three panels separated by panelled pilasters; the domed cap has an Iionic finial perhaps after that of the Choragic Monumnent of Lysicrates, Athens.

The intercolumniation for all three drawings is the same as the other portico designs (drawings 22 to 28) at 7'10½.

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