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Reference number

SM (17) 11/3/25 (18) 11/3/26 (19) 11/3/28 (20) 11/3/27

Purpose

Designs for south front of the new houses, September 1807 (4)

Aspect

17 Plan and elevation Designs for the South Flank of House No 1 18 Plan and elevation Designs for the South Flank of House No 1 19 Elevation of the South Side of House No 1 / New Bank Buildings as designed 20 Plan and elevation Designs for the South Flank of House No 1

Scale

(17-20) bar scales of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

17 as above, labelled: The Bank of England / New Houses in Princes Street, Grocers Garden, Area, Supposed level of Grocers Garden, Stone, Qy [query] fret, Foot Paving and some dimensions given 18 as above, labelled: The Bank of England / New Houses in Princes Street, Abt 23 feet, Grocers Garden, Staircase, No 1 / Princes Street, Area, Supposed level of the Grocers Garden, Stone, Qy omit / the fret, Foot paving, Supposed level of the Ground in the Grocers / Garden, blank / window (twice) and some dimensions given 19 as above, labelled: The Bank of England, Grocers Garden, Staircase, Area, Foot Paving, Level of the Grocers Garden and some dimensions given 20 as above, labelled: The Bank of England / New Houses in Princes Street, about 23 feet, Grocers Garden, Staircase, No 1 / Princes Street, Area, Level of the Ground in the Grocers Garden, Foot Paving, Level of the Ground in the Grocers Garden, blank / window (twice) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (18) Sepr 12 1807 (19) Septr 15th 1807 (20) September 19th 1807

Medium and dimensions

(17) Pen, sepia and burnt Sienna washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with three fold marks (684 x 553) (18-20) pen, sepia, pink, raw Sienna, burnt Sienna and blue washes, (18, 19) pricked for transfer on wove paper (670 x 463, 471 x 334) (20) on wove paper (678 x 463)

Hand

(17, 20) James Adams, jnr. (1785-1850, pupil 1806-09) (18) Francis Edwards (1784-1857, improver 1806-10) (19) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Notes

The projecting bay with Ionic columns at the left of the main frontage is shown in profile. The fretwork frieze and balustrade continue around the south front of the building, which also has giant panel pilasters on the upper storeys. On drawing 17, Soane experiments in pencil with round-headed windows to the second storey (that are square-headed on the other drawings). The entrance to house No. 1 is also shown in plan divided into three parts - two landings and central stairs - with some ceiling decoration implied (drawings 18 and 19).

Level

Drawing

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