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Reference number

SM (28) 10/2/2 (29) 10/2/4

Purpose

Designs for the attic of the south front, one dated 22 October 1823 (2)

Aspect

28 Plan and elevation 29 Elevation

Scale

(28-29) bar scale

Inscribed

28 The Bank of England, Design for part of the Attic, South Front and dimensions given 29 The Bank of England, Design for part of the Attic / South Front and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(28) 1823 (29) Lincolns Inn Fie[lds] / 22nd October / 1823

Hand

(28) Soane and Soane office (29) Soane office

Notes

Drawings 28 and 29 show a more elaborate attic design than that built. Free-standing fluted piers are aligned over the Corinthian columns on the ground level. Behind the piers is a wall consisting of additional piers connected by panels, with each panel having a narrow semicircular-headed window. At both ends of this attic, and aligned with the ends of the colonnade, is a segment of wall as in drawing 29, with three narrow semicircular-headed windows. A similar panel design as part of the Princes Street entry (see scheme 3:4).

Level

Drawing

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