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image SM (90) volume 74/126

Reference number

SM (90) volume 74/126

Purpose

Record of design for the later south-east Transfer Office, 1821

Aspect

90 Plan of the roof and lantern

Inscribed

Plan of the Lantern Light in the 3prCent Reduced annuity office, The Bank of England and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

1821

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawing 90 shows a plan of the later south-east Transfer Office lantern (corresponding to the previous three groups of drawings). Dated to 1821, drawing 90 is likely to have been a final design, showing the lantern as built. The design shows sixteen columns supporting the interior lantern.

A pointer to the lantern construction dates is given by D. Abramson, who notes that a '£403 bill for sixteen Coade stone caryatids in the lantern of the Four Per Cent Office was dated October 1822'. The bill is in the Soane Museum archives (MB.i.23). The caryatids were used in the later south Transfer Office, not the later south-east Transfer Office, but the date indicates that the later south-east Transfer Office would have been near completion by that point.

Literature

D. Abramson, Money's architecture: The building of the Bank of England, 1731-1833, doctoral thesis for the Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1993, p.407

Level

Drawing

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