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image SM (4) volume 71/44

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SM (4) volume 71/44


Progress drawing, 1816


4 Perspective showing the north end of the Reduced Annuities Office


Bank, Sketch of Reduced office

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1816


Soane office


Drawing 4 shows a perspective facing the north wall of the Reduced Annuities Office. The centering arches for Soane's arched screen are shown, which indicates that the pillars and arches were in place before the north wall was demolished and rebuilt further to the north, reducing the size of the cheque office/armory. Presumably this was because the wall supported the lantern and roof of the Reduced Annuities Office and additional support was needed before the wall was demolished. Scaffolding supports the newly added arches above.



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