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image Image 1 for SM (74) 11/3/9 (75) volume 60/169 (76) P207
image Image 2 for SM (74) 11/3/9 (75) volume 60/169 (76) P207
  • image Image 1 for SM (74) 11/3/9 (75) volume 60/169 (76) P207
  • image Image 2 for SM (74) 11/3/9 (75) volume 60/169 (76) P207

Reference number

SM (74) 11/3/9 (75) volume 60/169 (76) P207

Purpose

Presentation drawings of Thellusson, Nephew & Co.'s counting house (house No. 2), May 1810 (3)

Aspect

74 Ground floor plan of counting house 75 Interior perspective View of the Counting House of Messrs Thelussons Nephew & Co 76 Interior perspective View of the Counting House / of Messrs Thelussons Nephew & Co

Scale

(74) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

74 labelled: (in capitals) Messrs Thelussons Nephew and Co, Part of the Dwelling House / No 2 New Bank Buildings, Staircase, Strong / Closet, Lobby, Closet for / Washing hands &c, Anti-room / to / the Counting House, Court Yard, Stove, Entrance, Desk (6 times), Skylight, Closet for the / Clerks &c, Entrance, Arch, Meeting House Court / leading into the / Old Jewry 75 as above 76 as above, with caption (all in capitals): Whose "Argosies with portly sail / like signiors and rich burghers on the flood, / Or as it were the pageants of the sea / do over-peer the petty trafickers; / that curtsy to them, do them reverence / as they fly by them; with their woven wings"

Signed and dated

  • (74, 75) Lincolns Inn Fields 12 May 1810 and (74) Lincolns Inn Fields May 1810

Medium and dimensions

(74) Pen, sepia, warm sepia, pink, blue, burnt Sienna and yellow washes, partly pricked for transfer with a triple ruled black and sepia wash border on wove paper (468 x 637) (75) pen, sepia, burnt umber, yellow, grey-blue and pink washes with a triple ruled black and sepia wash border on stout wove paper (372 x 463) affixed at corners to p. 144 of volume 60, numbered 169 (76) pen, sepia, burnt umber and burnt Sienna washes with a double ruled and black wash border on wove paper (685 x 555)

Hand

(74, 75) Soane office (76) Francis Edwards (1784-1857, improver 1806-10)

Watermark

(74) J Whatman 1808 (76) currently framed and not visible

Notes

Drawing 75 shows a large office with a rectangular lantern (labelled as a 'skylight' on drawing 74). The ceiling is compartmentalised and decorated with arabesques, anthemia and a central rosette (in the lantern). The same ceiling mouldings and square lantern are shown on drawing 76, a perspective taken from the entrance lobby.
The caption on drawing 76 is taken from The Merchant of Venice (Act 1, Scene 1, ll. 9-14), and complements the picture in the arch above the lobby which shows six merchant ships at sea.

Level

Drawing

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