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image SM (41) 11/2/10

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SM (41) 11/2/10


Design for the new houses as executed, April 1808


41 General Plan of Five Houses designed to be erected in Princes Street & Lothbury


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: The Bank of England, No 2, No 3, No 4, No 5, Meeting House, Mr Wrights / Freehold and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • April 18 1808

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (475 x 680)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


Drawing 41 largely follows an earlier design made in September 1807 (drawing 23), with the addition of the extension to No. 5 and without the offices behind No. 1. The small room at the rear of No. 3 is shaped differently. This design shows the buildings as erected.



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