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Designs were also made for altering the opposite corner of the Bank, at the junction of Threadneedle Street and St Bartholomew's Lane. Drawings for these alterations were made in 1824 and 1825.
The street improvements would have coincided with Soane's alterations to the facades of the Bank. Surely Soane's new façades influenced his interest in widening the streets and improving the approach to the Bank.
Two drawings for the Bank's street improvements are in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The drawings are rough designs for lamps.
Literature: P. du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, in series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', catalogue 161-162; D. Abramson, Building the Bank of England, 2005, p. 159.
Madeleine Helmer, 2011
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Improvements to streets, 1825-1829 (18)
- Presentation drawing, copy and preliminary design for widening Lothbury and the entrance of Coleman Street, by Samuel Acton, two dated February 1825 (3)
- Rough designs for widening the entrance of Coleman Street, April 1825 (2)
- Designs for widening Lothbury and the entrance of Coleman Street, one copied, April 1825 (2)
- Survey of the south-east corner of the Bank, showing the south entrance to Bartholomew Lane
- Survey and three presentation drawings showing alternative designs for widening the streets at the south-east corner, November 1825 (5)
- Design for various alterations to the streets around the Bank according to the 1802 Corporation of London plan for the City, November 1825
- Designs showing the Corporation of London's 1802 planning proposals, 1826 and 1834 (2)
- Design and presentation drawings for widening Lothbury, by Samuel Acton, one copied, April 1829 (2)