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Reference number

SM (2) 10/1/6 (3) 10/1/5

Purpose

Surveys of the entrance building façade, January 1815

Aspect

2 Elevation and wall plan 3 Quarter-elevation; (verso) elevations of windows, attached column, rough (pencil) details of segmented lintel and a diagram showing a cone-like form

Scale

(2) bar scale (3) to a scale

Inscribed

2 (pencil) 40 ft Columns, calculations and dimensions given in pen and pencil; (verso) Bank 3 (pencil) Base of Columns 1'10" high, calculations and dimensions given in pen and pencil; (verso) A / B / C / D and elevations lettered A to D, calculations and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(2) 17 Janry 1815

Hand

(2-3) Soane office (possibly Alexander and Sanders, surveyors; see Notes)

Notes

Drawings 2 and 3 are surveys of the Entrance Building, built by George Sampson from 1732 to 1734. Drawing 3 could have been made as early as 1789 when, shortly after his appointment at the Bank, Soane conducted an exhaustive survey of the existing building. Alternatively, drawings 2 and 3 could have been made simultaneously in January 1815. It was at this date that the surveyors Alexander and Sanders were hired by the Bank (independent of Soane) to examine the Bank's exterior and assess its condition.

The pencil inscription on drawing 1, 40 ft Columns, suggests replacing the existing half-columns with a full-height Ionic order.

Level

Drawing

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