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SM (13) 12/2/9 (14) 12/2/10


Design for the Princes Street front, 1816 (2)


13 Elevation of the front next Princes Street in its present state 14 Elevation of the front next Princes Street as proposed


(13) to a scale (14) bar scale


13 as above 14 as above, (upper case) Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • (13) 1816 (14) October 1816


Soane office


(14) James Whatman Turkey Mill Kent 1809


The northern portion of the Princes Street screen wall (left-hand side of drawings) was built as part of the north-west extension, completed by about 1805. The southern portion of the wall was built by Robert Tayor between 1781 and 1788. The proposed design suggests stripping this Taylor wall of its terminal pavilions and raising it to the same height as the adjoining wall. The proposal requires minimal intervention, probably a result of Soane's inability to convince the Building Committee otherwise. In March 1815 his proposal for rebuilding the wall was 'postponed'.



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