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image SM (21) 12/1/7

Reference number

SM (21) 12/1/7

Purpose

Royal Academy exhibition drawing showing Tivoli Corner as built and the screen wall niches containing figurative statues, 1807

Aspect

21 Perspective from the north-west

Inscribed

(capitals) The Bank of England

Signed and dated

John Soane Archt 1807

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The screen wall on Princes Street is shown on the right-hand side of the drawing. On Lothbury Street, the screen wall was extended west from the existing wall, more than doubling in length to include a second triumphal arched gate and a slightly projecting frontispiece in the middle of the wall. The new gate led inside to the Soldier's Court and the new Barracks.

The screen wall contained a rampart walk behind the parapet. This rampart walk extended around the top of Soane's screen wall, accessed through the Porter's Lodge in the existing gateway on Lothbury Street (the far left of the drawing) as well as from the newly built Porter's Lodge on Princes Street. Drawing 21 shows substantial attic levels extending behind the central frontispiece and the new gate; these were not included in the built wall. The buildings behind the wall (scheme 3:9) were not yet built at the time of this drawing.

A drawing entitled 'View of the north front of the Bank of England' was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1809.

Level

Drawing

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