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Model for the Bank of England, London, a spandrel ornament for a domed vestibule (designed by Sir John Soane)

Plaster

Museum number: MP2

Curatorial note

Full scale. Plaster. Monk’s Parlour ceiling. The most elaborate of the three versions of the Caduceus, symbol of the God of Banking, designed by Soane for the bank. This motif, for which there is a drawing dated 1791 (10/7/11) decorated the spandrels of the dome in the vestibule linking the Front Court with Taylor’s rotunda. In 1815 the vestibule was replaced by the Outer Treasury and an elaborate passage


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