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SM (18) P408


Presentation drawing of the vestibule, c. 1791


18 Interior view and ground floor plan of the vestibule


(upper case) The Bank of England, Plan of the vestibule, The Great Hall at Bentley Priory, The withdrawing room at Wimpole, The Marquiss of Abercorn, The Earl of Hardwicke

Signed and dated

  • c. 1791


Soane office


The perspective of the vestibule is framed with a perspective of the music hall at Bentley Priory (P409, q.v.) and the drawing room at Wimpole (P410, q.v.). Beneath each interior perspective is a small plan of the room. The drawings are in their original frame, as they were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792 (No. 558) under the title 'Vestibule at the Bank of England, the great hall, Bentley Priory, and the withdrawing room at Wimpole.' The rotunda vestibule dates from the same period as these two houses.



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