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Reference number

SM (6) 11/3/30 (7) 11/3/29 (8) 11/3/24

Purpose

Variant designs for frontage of the new houses, August 1807 (3)

Aspect

6 Front elevation Design for New Houses in Princes Stt with plan of frontage; (verso) details of moulding 7 Elevation Design for the Front of the New Houses in Princes Street with plan of frontage; (verso) outline plan of former properties on the site of the new buildings 8 Plan and sections through Porch &c to House No 1

Scale

(6, 7) bar scales of 1/4 inch to 1 foot; (6 verso) full size (7 verso) bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot (8) to several scales

Inscribed

6 as above, labelled: The Bank of England, Query fall of Ground, Porch, Gauged Arch, (red pen): A, B, C, D, Turn over and dimensions given; (verso): Section &c through AB, Line of Brickwork, 1½ Inch, 3 Inches, 1'6'', 6 Inches, Base of Col, Face of Pilaster, Face of Brickwork, Section through CD, Face of brickwork, Turn over, (pencil) Pilasters in front 7 as above, labelled: The Bank of England and some dimensions given 8 as above, labelled: The Bank of England / New Houses in Princes Street, Foot Path, Section through EF, Chambers 10'6'' high, Garrets in Roof, One pair or Principal floor 12.6 high, Ground floor 12.6 high, Basement 9.0 high, Area, Foot Pavg, Section thro GH, Chambers 10.6 high, Attic 7.6 high and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (6) Lincolns Inn Fields, August 14 1807 (red pen) & Sept 6 1807; (verso) Sep 6 1807 (7) Augt 17th 1807 (8) 1808

Medium and dimensions

(6) Pen, red pen and sepia wash, (verso) pen and pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (464 x 673) (7) pen, black, yellow and burnt Sienna washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with three fold marks (466 x 663) (8) Pen, burnt Sienna and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with three fold marks (665 x 553)

Hand

(6, 7, 8) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60), (6) with additions by Soane; (6 verso) Soane

Notes

Drawings 6 and 7 each show half of the frontage of the new houses on Princes Street. The main difference between the two drawings is the shape of the windows on the first and second storeys. The building, which consists of three storeys and a basement with a central attic storey, measures 47 feet 10½ inches to the top of the balustrade. At the centre of the frontage on the ground floor is a bowed portico supported by two Ionic columns. The leftmost bay projects forward with a pedimented doorway and, above, a pair of giant Ionic columns. At the centre of the frontage are giant panel pilasters. Above the ground floor is a Greek fret frieze. The balustrade and attic are decorated with Soanean antefixes. Amendments in Soane's hand on drawing 6 include the addition of decorative urns to the balustrade. The same drawing shows Soane experimenting (in pencil) with the round-arched window type seen on drawing 7.

The section on drawing 8, despite being wrongly dated '1808', has the same dimensions as drawings 6 and 7 and the pencilled-in urns on top of the balustrade.

Level

Drawing

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