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image SM (29) 56/2/28 verso

Reference number

SM (29) 56/2/28 verso


Design for iron railings for the front of the branch bank, Bridge Street


29 Part-plan and elevation of iron railings and ground floor with porch


to a scale


7.0, Iron Railing

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (542 x 721)


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


Smith & Allnutt 1823


The only known elevation of the Bristol branch bank shows a building with banded rustication and the Doric porch designed by Soane for the main entrance. The street level is shown to decline steeply towards the right of the building (and the river).
The drawing is found on the verso of SM 56/2/28, the recto of which has a design for a door frame and door for a strong room for the Manchester branch bank (q.v. Bank of England Branch Banks: Manchester: drawing 34).



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