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Reference number

SM (17) 10/1/25 (18) 10/1/24 (19) 12/2/6

Purpose

Designs and presentation drawing for the diminished frontispiece on Lothbury Street, March and July 1805 (3)

Aspect

17 Elevation; ground floor plan; attic plan; and rough (pencil) elevations 18 Elevation; ground floor plan; and attic plan 19 Elevation and plan

Scale

(17) bar scale (18-19) to a scale

Inscribed

17 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the Centre of the North Front, lettered A to D and dimensions given 18 The Bank of England, Design for the Centre of the North Front 19 Design for the centre of the North Front of the Bank of England

Signed and dated

(17) L.I.F. March 13th: 1805 (18) 1805 (19) July 8th 1805 / C. Malton

Hand

(17-18) Soane office (19) Charles Malton (Soane pupil 1802-9)

Notes

Soane's ambitious fronitspieces has been flattened and diminished, consisting of twin pilasters between antae raised on a socle and framing a semicircular niche and a caduceus relief panel. The caduceus, a staff entwined with two serpants, is carried by Mercury, protector of merchants. Drawing 19 shows the final design.

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.

Level

Drawing

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