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SM (6) volume 46/20 (7) volume 46/21


Progress drawings, 1-3 August 1816 (2)


6 View of the South-West Angle 7 View of the North-West (pencil) East Angle

Signed and dated

  • (6) (pencil) PARKE, August 1st. 1816 (7) August 3d. 1816


(6-7) Henry Parke (1790-1835, pupil 1814-20)


Drawings 6 and 7 show the upper office, over the Reduced Annuities Office, at a point further along in construction than that shown in drawing 4. The lower walls for the office are shown, with an opening for a window. The aspect shown looks onto the south-west corner, bordering Princes Street. The floor beams are yet to be laid but both drawings show wood boards for the workmen to walk on.

Drawing 7 shows the north-east corner - the wall bordering the Garden Court and the north wall, looking onto more of the Bank. The spaces for segmental arched windows can be seen on the right, with lead-filled grooves along the bottom to hold the stonework in place.



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