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Reference number

SM (32) 1/8/11 (33) 1/8/10 (34) 12/1/3 (35) P114 (36) P124

Purpose

Record drawings of the south and east fronts as built, two framed, three dated 1824 (5)

Aspect

32 Perspective from the south-east 33 Perspective from the north-east 34 Perspective from the north-east 35 Perspective from the south-east 36 Perspective from the north-east

Inscribed

32 View of the South East angle of the Bank of England 33 View of the Bank of England (East and North Fronts) 34 View of the Bank of England from the North East

Signed and dated

(32-34) 1824

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(34) James Whatman Turkey Mill Kent 1821

Notes

Drawings 32 to 35 show the new Threadneedle Street front. Drawing 35 includes a part of the existing entrance building. The south front is a symmetrical design, so upon construction this design was mirrored to the west of the entrance building. The final design has six columns flanked by large blank doors and smaller niches. The attic shows panelled pedestals framed by fluted pilasters.

Charles Robert Cockerell altered the attic in 1858, to fortify the Bank during the Chartist Riots. The attic was raised and a new balustrade was added, with a patrol rampart and firing platforms (Abramson).

The east front of the Bank is shown in drawings 33, 34 and 36. Eight columns are flanked by large blank windows and blind Tivoli windows. Each large blank window is framed by pilasters. Rather than the design shown, the built attic had the same design as the south front.

Literature

D. Abramson, Building the Bank of England, 2005, p. 200.

Level

Drawing

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