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Reference number

SM (1) volume 72/7 (2) volume 73/117

Purpose

Variant designs for the Princes Street screen wall with a domed entrance, May and June 1803 (2)

Aspect

1 Elevation next Princes Street; and rough (pencil) detail 2 Elevation; (verso) plan of the Doric Vestibule; rough (pencil) section of the recess in the Doric Vestibule; and rough (pencil) part-plan

Scale

(1-2) bar scale

Inscribed

1 as above, The Bank of England, (pencil) level of Accts Office, 27'7"5/8, 162'6" and calculations 2 (pencil) calculations and from top to bottom; (verso) dimensions given

Signed and dated

(1) Lincolns Inn Fields May 17th 1803 (2) June 2d 1803; (verso) April 12th 1803

Hand

(1) Soane office and Soane (2) Soane office

Watermark

(1) I Taylor 1801 (2) Hayes & Wise 1799

Notes

Drawings 1 and 2 show part of the screen wall on Princes Street. Both of the drawings show a domed roof over the Doric Vestibule (Princes Street vestibule) but the drawings show variant designs. The wall has banded rustication and is raised on a socle, with antefixes at the roofline. Paired columns 'in antis' are at one end and surmounted by a blocking course. In drawing 2, lion sculptures have been added in pencil and the blocking course has been altered. Over the door is a sculpted panel showing Britannia.

See verso of Drawing 49 in the Doric Vestiuble scheme for a similar drawing, possibly a copy of drawing 2.

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