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Reference number

SM (23) 11/3/46 (24) 11/3/45 (25) 11/3/43 (26) 11/3/44

Purpose

Designs for ground floor of houses Nos 1 & 2, September 1807 (4)

Aspect

23 Design for the Principal Floor of Nos 1 & 2 New Bank Buildings 24 Design for the Principal Floor of Nos 1 & 2 New Bank Buildings 25 Design for the Principal Floor of No 1 & 2 New Bank Buildings 26 Design for the Principal Floor of Nos 1 & 2 New Bank Buildings

Scale

(23-26) bar scales of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

23 as above, labelled: No 1, No 2 and some dimensions given 24 as above, labelled: Flat Arch, steps numbered 1-13, Secretary, Lobby (twice), Strong / Closet, Water / Closet (twice), Court, Passage to the Office, Office 28 feet and some dimensions given 25 as above, labelled: Plan made after the / Gov wished the / first House to be enlarged, Stone, Water Closet, Lobby, Washing / Board, Door (twice), Water Closet, Washg, Door (twice), Qy [query] 1 WC / or two and dimensions given 26 as above and dimensions given

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

(23, 24) Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (477 x 694, 481 x 692) (25) pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (554 x 679) (26) pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (482 x 665)

Hand

(23, 26) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60) (24) James Adams, jnr. (1785-1850, pupil 1806-09) (25) Soane

Notes

The feint arch drawn with dashed lines in the front room of house No. 1 on drawing 23 suggests a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Drawings 23 and 24 differ in the plan form of the rooms to the rear.

As stated in the inscriptions, drawing 25 was 'made after the Gov wished the first house to be enlarged'. As such, the staircase in No. 2 is brought in line with the entrance to that house allowing the room at the rear of No. 1 to be enlarged to the right by 4 feet 8¼ inches. Other variations on this drawing (and a copy of it, drawing 26) include the water closet at the rear of No. 1 and the two canted projections at the rear of Nos. 2 and 3 which contain octagonal rooms.

Level

Drawing

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