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SM (38) 1/6/22


Alternative designs, one showing a portico on a concave segmental plan, 11 October 1804


38 Ground floor plan overlaid with part-attic plan and overlaid with two variant ground floor plans; front elevation; section; rough (pencil) elevation of a column base; (pencil) elevation of a capital; elevation of twin columns


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The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the North West Corner, and drawing labelled (Soane): Basem:, Watch bay, rustic[ated] (twice), A (twice), B (twice) and dimensions, (red pen) Iron Rail, Base line, Cornice, (pencil) Watch bay

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  • October 1804 and Octr 11 1804




J Whatman 1801


A plan similar to that shown in drawing 34 has been modified in brown pen and pencil, followed by an alternative design overlaid in red pen. The underlying plan shows, in light pen and light red wash, a design with four columns in antis between paired columns at an angle (as in drawing 34). The drawing has been amended in brown pen on the left-hand side of the drawing to have more pronounced projecting paired columns at the corner, with the paired columns resting on a semicircular pedestal. The modifications in brown pen also include the attic plan overlaid on the right-hand side of the drawing. The amemdments in red pen (on the right-hand side of the drawing) show the four middle columns projecting on a segmental plan, with two columns in antis behind and two pairs of columns projecting at oblique angles on the corners. The composition is moved forward towards the apex of the street corner, leaving less space for the internal chambers that had previously been part of the design (such as drawing 33).

Soane's rough elevation corresponds with the underlying ground floor plan (with a portico as in drawings 34 to 36). The section on the upper-right hand side of the drawing shows the alignment of the attic with the columns in antis and the building's foundation.



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