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Reference number

SM (6) 11/7/3 (7) 11/7/4

Purpose

Record drawings of the existing Threadneedle Street front, 1816 (2)

Aspect

6 Elevation and wall plan 7 Elevation

Scale

(6-7) to a scale

Inscribed

6 Elevation of the Front next Threadneedle Street, in its present state

Signed and dated

(6) October 1816

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(6) James Whatman Turkey Mill Kent 1809 (7) James Whatman Turkey Mill Kent (sheet trimmed, probably 1809)

Notes

The entrance building was built by George Sampson in 1732 as the front of the original Bank. Its design was probably derived from Inigo Jones's river front to Somerset House, for which Sampson was the Clerk of Works from 1718 (Colvin). Robert Taylor added two large single-storey extensions to the east and west, cladding the single-storey wings in a delicate colonnade.

Literature

H. Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects, 1600-1840, 4th ed., 2008.

Level

Drawing

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