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Reference number

SM (33) 1/6/10 (34) 1/6/21 (35) 1/6/14

Purpose

Design for a four-columned portico in antis between paired columns projecting at an oblique angle to the main face, 12 and 19 October 1804 (3)

Aspect

33 Front elevation; (pencil) elevation of a door on the side of the podium 34 Ground floor plan 35 Perspective looking north

Scale

(33) bar scale (34) to a scale

Inscribed

33 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the North West Corner and (red pen and pencil, Soane) some dimensions given 34 The Bank of England, Design for the North West Corner 35 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the North West Corner

Signed and dated

(33) L.I.F. Octr: 12: 1804 (34) Octr 19th 1804 (35) October 1804

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Watermark

(33, 35) J Whatman 1801

Notes

The four-columned portico is in antis, not projecting as in previous designs (drawings 29 to 31). All eight columns share a continuous podium and entablature, forming a portico on a splayed plan. Another pair of columns in antis are aligned behind the middle two columns, framing a recess and a door. To either side of the door a short passage leads to a room set behind the columns.

The distance between the column centres is narrower than that shown in earlier designs, measuring 7'4 3/8", the same dimension as George Dance's measurements for the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli.

Literature

M. Richardson, 'John Soane and the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli', Architectural History, vol. 46, 2003, p. 130.

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Drawing

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