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image SM (9) 56/4/17

Reference number

SM (9) 56/4/17

Purpose

Design for alterations, February 1829

Aspect

9 Plan of the Premises in Union Street Birmingham shewing the proposed Alterations & Additions

Scale

bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, The Bank of England, labelled: Entrance / Hall, Bank, he Old Birmingham / Library, Staircase, A., Stairs to Strong Room, Waiting Room, Court abt / 6ft below / A., Lead Flat over / Small Room & Water / Closet, Court, High Wall with Iron Railing on top, Steps, Breakfast Room &c / 13.9 by 13.6, The Agents Private Room, Passage, Kitchen, Footmans Pantry, The Dining Room, Stable, Paved Yard, Door, Iron Gate &c, High Wall with Iron Railing on top, Buildings belonging to the Union Inn and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

2nd Feby 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue, raw umber, pink and grey washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (530 x 428)

Hand

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

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt 1827

Notes

The alterations on this plan can be compared to drawings 2 and 6. The most substantial change is the proposed extension into the flagged court which will create space for a new breakfast room. The lobby to the rear of the property is to be converted into a footman's pantry, and two new windows created in the dining room.

Level

Drawing

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