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SM (52) 1/6/31


Design for a pedimented attic over a portico on a segmental plan, February 1805


52 Front elevation; and plan of the columniation


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The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for part of the Attic / North West End

Signed and dated

  • February 1805


Soane office


J Whatman 1801


The pediment in drawing 52 appears larger than in previous designs (such as drawings 49 to 51). As with drawing 51, the plan on drawing 52 shows the segmental curve of the four columns radiating approximately 14'3" from a centre point (drawing 48 shows a radius of 15'4"). The Temple of Vesta at Tivoli, as measured by Dance, radiated at 11'2"5/8, suggesting that Soane did not intend to replicate the Temple's peristyle (Richardson, p.139).


M. Richardson, 'John Soane and the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli', Architectural History, vol. 46, 2003, pp. 129-145.



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