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Reference number

SM (42) 11/3/31 (43) 11/3/23


Design and working drawing for the attic, April 1808 (2)


42 Elevation Design for the Attic of the New Houses in Princes Street 43 Section of Design for Attic & Balustrade


(42) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (43) bar scale of 11/10 inch to 1 foot


42 as above, labelled: The Bank of England, (pencil) May 19, floor and dimensions given 43 as above, labelled: The Bank of England / New Houses in Princes Street, Top of floor 3 in[ches] below underside of Cornice and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (42) April 18th 1808 (43) April 25th 1808

Medium and dimensions

(42) Pen, pencil and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (463 x 677) (43) pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (545 x 348)


(42) Francis Edwards (1784-1857, improver 1806-10) (43) James Adams, jnr. (1785-1850, pupil 1806-09)


(42) A Stace


A balustrade with antefixes and two volutes or swept 'angle fillers' have been added to the attic, a more detailed design for which is drawn in pencil on the same sheet (drawing 42). The attic storey is also one foot taller than in previous drawings (6-8).



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