- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 17 is an early design with four pilasters. The caduceus motif has been added in pen by Soane, as with the swag ornament and balustrade in the attic. The blind Tivoli window has been widened. Pencil alterations show a projecting entablature surmounting the outer pilasters, and capitals added to the middle pilasters. The feint pencil elevation shows the Lothbury Street screen wall as built.
Drawing 18 shows the frontispiece with some of the alterations included in drawing 17, such as a balustrade, caduceus and swag relief panels. However, there are still four pilasters, rather than two pilasters and two antae, and the niche contains an urn.
A drawing, possibly drawing 19, was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1806 under the title 'A view of part of the Bank of England'.
See SM 12/2/7 for a Royal Academy Lecture drawing for a variant design that includes an attic with a pedimented pedestal between panelled pilasters and fronted by urns on plinths.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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