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Reference number

SM (11) volume 75/9 (12) volume 75/79

Purpose

Design for the Discount Office with north and south arms separated from the central area by segmental arches, and design for the lobby with a lantern, 18 and 20 November 1805 (2)

Aspect

11 Section of the Discount Office looking north; section of the Discount Office lobby looking north; part-section of the lobby; (pencil) plan of the lantern; (verso) rough (pencil) plan of the Long Passage and adjacent stair; part-cross section of the lobby; and longitudinal section of the lobby 12 Interior perspective looking north

Scale

(11) bar scale

Inscribed

11 The Bank, Sections of Discount Office and Lobby thereto, sections labelled (Soane): Governors Room, Coffee Room, Circle (twice), Square (twice), (capitals) No clerk to be a jobber and dimensions given 12 The Bank, (Soane) View of the proposed new Discount Office

Signed and dated

(11) Nov: 18: 1805 (12) L.I.F. Novr 20 1805

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Watermark

(11) 1802

Notes

Drawings 11 and 12 show the clerestory windows raised to a height above the ceiling with the brick masonry forming an angled path for light to shed into the room. Drawing 11 is a modified copy of drawing 10.

The drawings for the lobby in drawing 11 include, in Soane's hand, a circular lantern on a square base. The Long Passage is on the right-hand side of the section, as a tall building with clerestory lighting.

The notice, 'No clerk to be a jobber', is written on the wall of the lobby. The same notice was painted on the walls of the Rotunda and the transfer offices in 1801 (Acres, p. 357)

The verso of drawing 11 has a part-plan of the Long Passage with a reflected ceiling plan of the corridor's top lighting.

Literature

M. Acres, The Bank of England from within, 1931.

Level

Drawing

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