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Model for the Bank of England, London, south, Threadneedle Street front, designed by Sir John Soane, 1825
Museum number: HR4
Scale 3.5ft to 1in. The east and west wings of the Threadneedle Street front together with the east front along Bartholomew Lane were executed between 1823 and 1825; the refacing of Sampson’s front, as proposed in model SC3 followed in 1825-1827. To consider ornaments on the south front this highly detailed model was produced by the plasterers Thomas Palmer and John Bayley, in1825, to a slightly smaller scale than the wooden models SC3 and SC4. According to minutes of the Building Committee, 3 Feb 1825, two models were inspected: ‘The Committee and many members of the Court of Directors inspected the models produced by Mr Soane for finishing the principal Entrance into the Bank... Resolved that certain alterations be made by Mr Soane in his model and that the Committee meet for considering the same on Wednesday next’ (Minute Book No3 p59).
John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001
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