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image SM (84) 56/12/28

Reference number

SM (84) 56/12/28


Survey drawing, December 1829


84 Front elevation of the branch bank with plan of the front gate and railings


bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot


Bank of England / Norwich Branch; verso, Soane: Repair Old Gates & Iron R / to work &c - abt £83 // New low Gates & Iron / Railing abt - £

Signed and dated

  • 2d Decr 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, sepia, brown madder, Naples yellow, burnt umber and lamp black washes, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (182 x 267)


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


Drawing 84 differs from the earlier front elevation, drawing 49, by showing the new, flat-headed front entrance and a new private entrance to the right, as well as the iron railings and double gate with lantern across the front of the courtyard. The railings were, apparently, the main focus of this drawing, as it is noted in the Soane office Day Books on 3 December 1829 that Bailey was making 'plans of the premises at Norwich and sketch of railing in front thereof'.



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