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Reference number

SM (82) volume 74/114 (83) volume 74/122

Purpose

Design for ceiling and floor plan re-used as an aid to perspective (later south-east Transfer Office), 1820 (2)

Aspect

82 Ceiling plan showing the pier positions 83 Floor plan showing the positions of the piers, lantern, counters and desks

Inscribed

82 Plan of the Ceiling etc of the New Three Per Cent Reduced Annuities Office, The Bank of England 83 Plan of the Three prCent Reduced annuities office, The Bank of England and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(82) 1820

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawing 82 shows the ceiling plan for the later south-east Transfer Office, with the positions of the piers also shown. Two of the central piers include the hollow for chimney flues discussed in earlier notes. The plan also corresponds to the plan shown in drawing 83, which indicates the position of the lantern and some of the columns supporting it.

Drawing 83 shows the plan for the later south-east Transfer Office, which corresponds to the perspective shown in drawings 84 and 85.

Drawing 83 may have been made earlier than the inscribed date suggests. A draughtsman has added lines of perspective in pencil over the top of the plan however, which appear to have been a preparation to drawing up the preliminary presentation drawings (drawings 84 and 85). Another point of perspective is also drawn out, at the bottom right of the plan.

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Drawing

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