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Reference number

SM (1) 9/1/10 (2) 9/1/2 (3) 9/1/11

Purpose

Presentation drawing, copy and preliminary design for widening Lothbury and the entrance of Coleman Street, by Samuel Acton, two dated February 1825 (3)

Aspect

1 (upper case) Plan of the / West End / of Lothbury / shewing the / proposed improvement 2 (upper case) Plan of the / West End / of / Lothbury / shewing the / proposed improvement 3 (upper case) Sketch / for improving the West end of / Lothbury / and the Entrance of / Coleman Street

Scale

(1,3) to a scale (2) bar scale

Inscribed

1 as above and, some in upper case: 1, Cateaton Street, Old / Jewry, Coleman / Street, Lothbury, Princes / Street, proposed line of frontage, area (three times), Fronts of Houses as they now are, to be 37 feet, line of front of house as it now is, proposed line of frontage 2 as above and, some in upper case: (Copy), Cateaton Street, Old / Jewry, Coleman / Street, Lothbury, Princes / Street, proposed line of frontage, area (three times), Fronts of Houses as they now are, line of front of house as it now is, (Soane) Mr Acton's design No 1, the original sent to the / Gov: of the Bank - in 1825, & upon which see my Report 1825 April 3 as above, (as / proposed in / 1825), Cateaton Street, The Old Jewry, Coleman Street, Lothbury, Princes Street, proposed line, present line, present line, propsoed line

Signed and dated

(1) Samuel Acton / Sewer's Office Guildhall / Feby 1825 (2) Samuel Acton / Sewers Office Guildhall / Feby 1825

Hand

(1,3) Samuel Acton office (2) Samuel Acton office and Soane

Watermark

(1) J Whatman 1817 (3) W Spear 1815

Notes

Drawings 1 to 3 are a design for expanding the west end of Lothbury to a width of 37 feet and curving the corner of Lothbury and Coleman Streets. Drawing 1 was presented to the Governor of the Bank. Drawings 2 and 3 are a copy and preliminary design, respectively, showing the same design as drawing.

Samuel Acton (c.1773-1837) was the Surveyor to the Commissioners of Sewers for the City of London. He became a student at the Royal Academy in 1790 and won the Silver Medal in 1794. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1791 to 1802. In 1822 he was the President of the Surveyor's Club (Colvin). The drawings here date from 1825 but the correspondence is dated April 1829, when the Bank was asked to review Acton's designs for widening and improving the west end of Lothbury. Acton met with the Directors to present the plans, as written on the attached letter 1a, and he and a Mr Carter visited Soane to discuss the plans, as documented in 1b-d.

Literature

H. Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects, 1600-1840, 4th ed., 2008.

Level

Drawing

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