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Reference number

SM (1) 9/2/2 (2) 9/2/1

Purpose

Presentation drawings showing alternative designs for the façades, May 1823 and revised in 1825 (2)

Aspect

1 Plan with laid out elevations 2 Plan with laid out elevations; elevation of the south-east corner

Scale

(1-2) bar scale

Inscribed

1 The Bank of England, Elevation of the Front next Threadneedle Street shewing the proposed alterations, Elevation of the Front of the Bank next Threadneedle Street, Threadneedle Street, Entrance (twice), Elevation of the Front next St Bartholomew's Lane shewing the proposed alterations, Elevation of the Front next St Bartholomew's Lane, St Bartholomew's Lane, Lothbury, Elevation of the Front next Princes Street shewing the proposed alterations, Elevation of the Front of the Bank next Princes Street 2 The Bank of England, Elevation of the Front of the Bank next Threadneedle Street, Threadneedle Street, Entrance (twice), Elevation of the Front next St Bartholomew's Lane shewing the proposed alterations, Elevation of the Front next St Bartholomew's Lane, St Bartholomew's Lane, Entrance to the Rotunda, Lothbury, Elevation of the Front next Princes Street shewing the proposed alterations, Elevation of the Front of the Bank next Princes Street, Princes Street, (pencil) 420

Signed and dated

(1) Lincolns Inn Fields / May 1823 (2) Lincolns Inn Fields / May 1823

Hand

(1) Soane office (2) Soane office and Soane

Watermark

(1) James Whatman Turkey Mill Kent 1821 (2) (obscured by conservation efforts)

Notes

Drawings 1 and 2 show the Bank's exterior wall in plan and elevation. Above the elevations of the existing south, east and west fronts are elevations of the proposed designs. Soane did not intend to rebuild the exterior wall on Lothbury Street, and the northern segments of the Bartholomew Lane and Princes Street fronts, which he had built in 1797 and c. 1805 (see schemes 2:5 and 3:4).

The elevation of the Threadneedle Street front in drawing 2 was probably made in 1825 and pasted to the 1823 presentation drawing. It probably accompanied Soane's presentation to the Building Committee in February 1825. Soane had intended to retain George Sampson's Entrance Building but in 1825 he found the façade in a poorer state than expected, necessitating either a refacing or complete reconstruction. In February 1825 alternative models were presented to the Building Committee and members of the Court of Directors, and after several revisions the designs were approved.

The 1823 drawings are similar to designs made between 1814 and 1818 (see scheme 4:2). Drawings 1 and 2 show alternative designs for the attic on Threadneedle Street and Bartholomew Lane.

Level

Drawing

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