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  • image SM volume 42/18

Reference number

SM volume 42/18


Sketch design, January 1796


Rough elevation showing a central arch with a Corinthian tetrastyle 'portico in antis' raised on a tall base on either side, and overall a tall parapet with panels flanked by fluted pilaster-strips and four sculpted figures

See Bank of England, drawing 6 in scheme 2:5 (q.v.)

Signed and dated

  • datable to January 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brush with brown ink, shaded on laid paper (118 x 182) pasted down on wove paper (247 x 339) with drawings 19 and 20




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This sketch elevation is related to a sketch detail for the parapet in the Victoria & Albert Museum (see P.du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', catalogue 176) which develops the detailsof the parapet and is dated on the verso, 25 January 1796. Both drawings were superseded by a two-faced model of the Bullion gateway (SM M1375) of c. 1796 (for illustration see M.Richardson and M.Stevens (eds), John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, p.234, fig.135) that has some differences. Thus the model has a pediment over the arch, ruled, banded rustication has been introduced, and the treatment of the parapet wall is more austere; the designer has employed a stele-like motif of short fluted pilasters and acroterion with antefixa cresting.
A plan of the Bank (SM 9/4/31) dated 12 September 1797 shows the Bullion Gateway with twin lodges behind (apparently used as Soane's Bank of England office), giving on to Lothbury Court and thence the Bullion Court.



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