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Reference number

SM (87) 11/3/40 (88) 11/3/41 (89) 11/3/42 (90) 11/3/38

Purpose

Designs for alterations to the basement of house No. 1, September 1810 (4)

Aspect

87 Plan Design for the Basement / Story of No 1 New Bank / Buildings 88 Plan Design for the Basement Story / of No 1 New Bank Buildings 89 Plan Design for the Basement Story / of No 1 New Bank Buildings 90 Plan of the Basement Story of / No 1 New Bank Buildings

Scale

(87-90) bar scales of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

87 as above, labelled: Coals (4 times), Small beer, Iron Gate, Glass doors / ? to open, Sink, Plate Rack &c, Scullery, Closet (twice), Accountants Retiring Room / 21 feet by 16'6'', Passage, Lobby, Principal Staircase, Strong Closet, Bin (5 times), Wine Cellar, Closet (twice) / for Cook, The / Lobby to / Kitchen &c, Kitchen / 25 by 15, Court, Dusthole & cleang Shoes / under Steps, Privy, Cellar, Plate Closet, Closet for / Butlers Bed, Butlers Pantry, Pantry, Passage into the House, Messengers Room, Iron Gate; (verso): No 1 Princes Street 88 as above, labelled: Coals (3 times), Small beer, Coals for / House, Iron Gate, Glass door / ? to open, Sink, Plate Rack &c, Scullery, Closet (twice), The Accountants retiring room / 21.0 by 16.6, Passage, Principal Staircase, Strong Closet, Wine Cellar, Closet (twice) / for Cook, Lobby to / Kitchen, Kitchen / 25 by 15, Court, Dusthole & cleaning Shoes &c, Privy, Cellar, Closet for Bed, Plate Closet, Butlers Pantry, Pantry, Passage into the House, Passage, Messengers Room, Iron Gate and some dimensions given 89 as above and some dimensions given; (verso): London Dock House / Basement Story 90 as above

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

(87, 88) Pen, sepia and burnt Sienna washes (87) pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (695 x 482) (88) pricked for transfer with a triple ruled and black wash border on stout wove paper with two fold marks (692 x 471) (89) pricked for transfer on wove paper with four fold marks (667 x 466) (90) pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (682 x 503)

Hand

(87, 88) George Allen Underwood (1793-1829, assistant 1807-15) (89, 90) Soane office

Watermark

(88) J Whatman 1808 (cut off) (90) 1810

Notes

The minutes of the Bank of England's Committee of Building for 1 August 1810 record that Soane was directed to confer with Mr. Alexander of the London Dock Company (see drawings 77-79) regarding alterations to house No. 1. These alterations, shown on drawings 87-90, include the repositioning of the kitchen, scullery and accountant's room, and the creation of a new wine cellar.
Drawing 90 has been dated incorrectly, as the watermark on the sheet gives it a terminus post quem of 1810.

Literature

Committee of Building Minutes, M5/263, The Bank of England

Level

Drawing

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