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Reference number

SM (48) 48/1/34 (49) 48/1/32 (50) 48/1/31

Purpose

[48-49] Alternative designs by Soane for the ground floor plan related to positioning the Pitt Cenotaph, 23-25 January 1818 (3)

Aspect

48 Rough ground floor plan 49-50 Rough ground floor plans with a diagonal axis

Scale

(48-50) bar scales of 2¼ inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

48 Mr Higham and a few dimensions given 49 Strong Room, Mr H Rm, Strong C[loset], Closet, Public Hall, Counter, Lobby / or / Por[ch] 50 Mr Higham, Strong Closet, Closet, Public Hall, Counter (twice), 6 Clerks and a few dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (48) 23 Jan 1818 and (pencil, Bailey) Jany 23d 1818 (49) Sunday 25 Jan 1818 and (Bailey) January 23d 1818 (50) Sunday 25 Janry 1818 and (pencil, Bailey) Jany 23 1818

Medium and dimensions

(48) Brown pen and pencil on wove paper (708 x 512) (49) brown pen, sepia wash, pencil on wove paper (704 x 535) (50) brown pen, pencil on wove paper (689 x 490)

Hand

(48-50) outline plans by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60) with rough designs for new layouts by Soane

Notes

The outline site plans now includes Mello & Pead's premises (left-hand side) which enlarges the site available to Soane by about one third. Encouraged by this and fired by his idea of a Cenotaph memorialising William Pitt the Younger, Soane re-cast the layout. Drawing 48 enlarges the banking hall and places the Cenotaph and Mr Higham's room at the back. Drawings 49 and 50 show a bolder design with the Cenotaph on a clear and more focused diagonal axis to the entrance now positioned on the corner of Old Jewry and Meeting House Court.

Level

Drawing

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