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image SM (115) 11/6/3

Reference number

SM (115) 11/6/3

Purpose

Unused lecture drawing for the later south-east Transfer Office, post 1822

Aspect

115 Longitudinal section of the ground floor and lantern, with a section of the Bank Stock Office above

Inscribed

Bank Stock Office and Reduced Annuities Office

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The bottom elevation on drawing 115 shows the later south-east Transfer Office, with Ionic columns supporting a lantern. Dramatic light and shadow are shown, illustrating the potential of the overhead skylights. The Bank Stock Office is shown above the later south-east Transfer Office - the two offices were evidently put together as a comparison (both were built on the same basic design model). It seems likely that drawing 115 was made as one of a number of potential lecture drawings to accompany Soane's Royal Academy lectures, though it was never used (there is no inscription relating to lecture numbers on the verso and no mention of the drawing in D. Watkin, Sir John Soane: englightenment thought and the Royal Academy lectures).

Literature

D. Watkin, Sir John Soane: englightenment thought and the Royal Academy lectures, 1996

Level

Drawing

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