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SM (48) 1/6/23


Variant designs and details for a portico on a segmental plan


48 Ground floor plan; elevation of the attic; two elevations of the pedestals supporting the twin columns; elevation of the twin columns; elevation of the entablature over the twin columns


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Sketch of a Design for the North West Corner of the Bank of England, A projection of base of Pedestal, Center and calculations, Iron Railing, Iron Rail, door, feint pencil note in the upper left-hand corner and dimensions given




Recesses are included to either side of the door, behind the columns. On the left side of the drawing, the recess is shown with a curved wall; an alternative ground floor plan shows a more conventional composition.

Alternative ground plans for the twin columns on both ends are shown with corresponding elevations, with the design on the lower left-hand side cancelled in pencil. The preferred elevation shows a door recessed between two pedestals leading to a small space between the pedestals.



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