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image SM (51) volume 60/38

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SM (51) volume 60/38


Site progress drawing of the entrance building front, July 1827


51 Two views


The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • July 1827


Soane office


Cansell 1824


Drawing 51 shows views of the entrance building attic as it was built. The left-hand side of the drawing shows the entablature over the eight Corinthian columns, with lion masks on the cornice and antefixes on the blocking course. On the right-hand side of the drawing is shown the balustrade at the top of the entrance building.



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