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Reference Number

SM (42) 1/6/12 (43) 10/2/7

Purpose

Design for a balustraded attic over a portico on a segmental plan, December 1804 and February 1805 (2)

Aspect

42 Front elevation; and (pencil) details of ornament 43 Elevation of a balustrade

Scale

(42-43) bar scale

Inscribed

42 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the North West Corner, A. Qy Continue this Cornice / through instead of / the fret B. Decr 14: 1804 / C. These mold[in]gs sunk / D. To project before E 1½ Inch / Qy balusters or solid, elevation lettered A to E and some dimensions of the attic given 43 The Bank of England

Signed and dated

(42) Decr 12: 1804 (43) Feby 7th 1805

Watermark

(42) J Whatman 1801

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The attic consists of a balustrade joined by small pedestals each crowned with antefixes and urns. The lower stage contains an opening on the front, shedding light into the rampart walk that probably passed through the attic. The note on drawing 42 offers the option of either balusters, as shown, or a solid wall, as shown in drawing 39. The note also requests the replacement of the fret in favour of a cornice on the front, and it addresses the treatment of the sunk mouldings surrounding the window.

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