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SM (113) volume 74/143


Record drawing of lantern design for the later south Transfer Office, 1823


113 Plan of the lantern


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Plan of the Lantern Light New 4 pr. Cent Office, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • 1823


Soane office


The date of drawing 113 certainly post-dates the construction period of the later south Transfer Office. D. Abramson 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 1823 drawing shows paired bases (in plan) for half of the lantern caryatids. Possibly, the plan is a copy of an earlier design (no longer existing) marking out the dimensions required between the dome caryatids and the octagonal sides.


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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