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Reference number

SM (3) 10/1/20 (4) 10/1/19

Purpose

Variant designs for the south and east fronts, 29 June and 14 July 1823 (2)

Aspect

3 Plan and two elevations 4 Plan, elevation and rough (pencil) plan, elevation and detail of antefix

Scale

(3-4) bar scale

Inscribed

3 The Bank of England, St Bartholomew's Lane, Line of Cornice (twice), Entrance to the Rotunda &c (Bailey) Sketches of Designs for rebuilding the East Front of the Bank _ 1823 4 The Bank of England, St Bartholomew's Lane, (Bailey) Sketches of a Design for rebuilding part of the East Front of the Bank 1823

Signed and dated

(3) 29th June 1823 (twice) (4) 14th July / 1823

Hand

(3) Soane office and Soane (4) Soane office

Notes

Drawing 3 shows alternative designs for the wall on St Bartholomew's Lane. Drawing 4 shows a more refined, variant design. In both drawings, the wall on Threadneedle Street has a blind portico of four recessed columns.

Drawing 4 shows six columns in antis flanked by large doorways (one blind) and surmounted by a single panel that is between balustrades. The rough pencil elevation shows a design more similar to the executed wall, with eight columns in antis surmounted by a taller attic. Drawing 3 shows four columns in antis between semicircular-headed arches. The attic has an acroterion and fluted pilaster motif that is common to the Lothbury Street screen wall.

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Drawing

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