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image SM (3) P84

Reference number

SM (3) P84

Purpose

Presentation drawing of the Bank's interiors, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1822

Aspect

Interior views of the Bank, showing the Treasury, the Consols Transfer Office, The Bullion Office, the south-east transfer office (Colonial Office), Doric Vestibule, Loggia, Lothbury Court, Accountants Office and the new Bank Buildings on Princes Street

Inscribed

New Bank Buildings in Princes St, North front of the Bank as originally Designed, rooms labelled (upper case): Part of the Treasury, Consols Transfer Office, Transfer Office, Bullion Office, Three Per Cent Reduced Annuity Office, Reduced £3 per cent annuities, Vestibule from Princes Street, John Soane arc-, Entrance Court from Lothbury looking Eastward, Five pound note office, Bank buildings Princes Street

Signed and dated

Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1822

Hand

Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843)

Notes

This drawing shows the Bank as it was inhabited. By the time of the drawing's exhibition in 1822, all of Soane's work on the offices was complete. Only the façades on the south front (and some temporary offices spaces) were not yet built. The offices are shown with their furniture and they look as though they have been recently abandoned by their clerks. The Treasury has a freestanding desk in the middle of the room. The Consols Transfer Office has four stoves and counters between the rooms' piers. 'Transfer Office' is written on the east wall. The Bullion Office has scales and wheeled carts on the wooden floors. One of the sales is hanging from the arch in the centre of the room. The Colonial Office has two stoves and counters between the piers, with 'Reduced £3 per cent annuities' written on the far wall. In the Doric Vestibule, the door to Princes Street is open and a cart is parked outside. In the view of Lothbury Court, one can see the lower level of the Residence Court. The Accountants Office is viewed from the recess at the west end, behind the desk of the supervisor. The view does not show the rows of desks for the clerks. The last interior view of the Bank is from the north end of the Long Passage. The Discount Office Lobby can be seen on the right-hand side. A wheeled cart is loaded with ledgers. The drawing also includes views of the exterior of the Bank. The New Bank Buildings are viewed from the north, with Tivoli Corner shown across the street. The north screen wall of the Bank is also shown, but it shows an intended design rather than the built version; the prominent blind portico frontispiece is shown in the centre of the wall (see scheme 3:

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Drawing

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