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SM (32) 1/6/18


Working drawing for the attic, 15 October 1804


32 (Soane) Section through the North / West End of the Bank; rough (pencil) plan of columns set on a concave segmental plan; detail of a column base; (verso) four details of a cornice


to a scale


as above, The Bank of England, Design for the North West Corner, (Soane) Bank, (feint pencil) (?) Qy Temple of / ---- (illegible), and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • L.I.F. / Octr 16 1804 (pencil) Oct. 15: 1804


Soane and Soane office


The elevation shows the alignment of the attic over the columns and building foundation, omitting the intermediate level. The parapet of the screen wall is attached to the attic on the right-hand side of the drawing, suggesting that the attic platform serves as a passage for the rampart walk.

An inscription in Soane's hand, added to the finished drawing, marks the base of the columns shaft as 2'6"¼ in diameter, the same diameter as that included in his Margate preliminary design (drawing 21) as well as the Dance's measurements for the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli.



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