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SM (31) volume 75/91


Composite record drawing showing Bank with a domed entrance building, 23 November 1823


31 Perspective of the south front; perspective of Tivoli Corner; and perspective of the east front

Signed and dated

  • 7/11/23


Soane office


Drawing 31 has views of the façades, showing the executed design for the lower level but with a proposed (unexecuted) design for the attics. The entrance building is shown intact, but with a large domed roof behind. The attic has the three-staged features shown in drawings 11 to 13 and 15 to 16. Pencil marks on the drawing show rough alterations to the south and east fronts. The low buildings between the entrance building and the extending screen walls have been amended in pencil. The drawing was probably a pupil's work, showing a fanciful design for the Bank that, in some aspects, was never intended for execution.



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