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SM (90) volume 74/126


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


90 Plan of the roof and lantern


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

Signed and dated

  • 1821


Soane office


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.


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



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