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image SM (108) 11/3/17

Reference number

SM (108) 11/3/17


Design for a new entrance to house No. 5


108 Elevation of Doorway to House No 5


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: The Bank of England / New Houses Princes Street and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (530 x 333)


Soane office


The entrance on drawing 108 is typically Soanean and has a segmental pediment flanked either side by an antefix - of a sort that could be described as quarter-circle.
A survey site plan dated December 1817 (drawing 106) does not show a new entrance to house No. 5. The first plan that the new entrance is shown on is dated 4 September 1821 (drawing 109).



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