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Reference number

SM (13) 56/9/15 (14) 56/9/14


Design for alterations (2)


13 Plan of ground floor with flier 14 Plan of first floor with flier


(13, 14) bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


13 labelled (pencil): Banking Office, Private / Sitting Room, Strong / Closet, Court, Accounts / & / Correspondence, Common (partly erased) Staircase, Servants Room, Kitchen, Scullery, Pantry, Water Closet, Dust, Coal / Hole, with flier showing alternative stairand room dimensions given 14 labelled (pencil): Drawing Room, Bed Room (3 times), Eating Room, with flier showing alternative stair and room dimensions given

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

(13, 14) Pen, pencil, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled border on stout wove paper (519 x 294, 522 x 298)


(13, 14) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


(13) Smith & Allnutt 1823


Drawings 13 and 14 are dated only with the month (June) and the watermark (drawing 13) offers only a post quem date of 1823. Other drawings for the same building are dated between April and December 1828. Soane resigned his surveyorship of the Bank of England in 1833.
The designs are for internal alterations to a building with parallel flank walls, 95 feet long, and show the bank with the 'back office' replaced by a stair and a new office for 'accounts and correspondence'. The domestic offices are outlined in sepia wash, signifying existing structure, and pink wash, indicating proposed alterations. However the existing structure does not tally with the design shown, for example, on drawing 5 (dated 24 December 1828) and drawing 6. Presumably those proposals were not built and the sepia-washed parts of drawings 13 and 14 represent the executed design of c. 1829.



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