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image SM (1) 11/7/7

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SM (1) 11/7/7


Presentation drawing, 1816


1 Elevation of the Offices on the West side of the "Garden Court"


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as above, The Bank of England and (in a cartouche above the door) REDUCED / ANNUITY / OFFICE

Signed and dated

  • 1816


Soane office


Drawing 1 is a presentation drawing, showing the appearance of the Garden Court facade once a room had been added above the pre-existing Reduced Annuities Office below. The room was located on the west side of the Bank, slightly above the south-western corner. It bordered the Garden Court and Princes Street.

The design shows the added storey as a simple low structure articulated by four incised pilasters and three semi-circlular arched windows, that reflects the design of the existing ground-floor storey of three bays with three large Palladian windows frmaed by Corinthian columns.



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