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SM (41) 48/1/41 (42) 48/1/40


[41-42] Designs for the ground floor, 15-16 December 1817 (2)


41 Plan of the ground floor excluding the Mello, Pead and Co. premises 42 Plan of the Ground or Office Floor with pencil additions


41-42 bar scales of 3½ inches to 10 feet


41 some dimensions give including (pencil) 60:7½ (width of frontage) and some calculations 42 as above, The Old Jewry, Warehouse in the occupation of Messrs Mello Pead & Co, labelled: Messrs Mello Pead & Co , Public Hall, Messenger, Water / Closet, Lobby (twice), Statue, Court, 2nd Office, Strong / Closet, Staircase, Mr Higham's Room, 13 feet square, Office, 25 feet

Signed and dated

  • (41) Lincolns Inn Fields / 15th December 1817 (42) Lincolns Inn Fields / December 16 1817

Medium and dimensions

(41) Pen, sepia, light blue and light pink washes, pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (535 x 750) (42) pen, light red and blue washes, pencil with double ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (607 x 811)


(41-42) Edward Foxhall (1793-1862, pupil 1812-1821) and Henry Parke (1790-1835, pupil 1814-1820) from Day Book


(42) J Whatman 1816


Drawing 41 shows Mr Higham's office (labelled thus on drawing 42) with two of its corners made into rectangular niches. More interesting are the two ceiling plans, each composed of a large circle contained in a square, for the banking hall and for the room behind it.
On drawing 42, 'Mr Higham's Room' appears to have the only window blocked up. The large room behind the banking hall contains a dais for a 'Statue'. The first indication of Soane's scheme for a memorial to William Pitt the Younger (1759-1816) for which see the following drawings.
The premises of Messrs Mello, Pead & Co. are shown on this plan and a large circle has been pencilled-in (presumably by Soane) and may indicate another possible location for the 'statue'.



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