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SM (13) volume 60/168


Presentation drawing for the Lothbury Street screen wall with an eight-columned domed temple frontispiece, probably November 1802


13 Elevation; (verso) plan of a column, detail of a column base


to a scale


Design for the North Front. 1803, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • datable to March 1800 (see Notes)


Soane office


After the acquistion of property to the north-west, Soane had planned a grandiose frontispiece in the centre of the Lothbury Street screen wall (see drawings 6 to 10 in 3:2). His preferred design was not the domed temple front of drawing 13 but a six or eight-columned pedimented temple front as shown in his Royal Academy Lectures (see SM drawing 12/2/5) and in his 1828 book of designs (Soane, pl. 46). The impressive portico was greatly diminished in compliance, Soane wrote in 1828, with the City of London's street improvements scheme (Abramson, p. 38). Apparently the temple front would have projected too far into the street.

Soane exhibited a drawing at the Royal Academy in 1811 entitled 'View of the front of the Bank of England as originally designed', probably showing drawing 13.


J. Soane, Designs for public and private buildings, 1828, pl. 46; D. Abramson, Money's architecture: the building of the Bank of England, 1731-1833, Doctoral thesis for the Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1993, pp. 383-4.



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