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Model for the Bank of England, London, north-west (Tivoli) Corner, executed design, (designed by Sir John Soane), 1805, painted wood
Museum number: MP225
Scale 3ft to 1in. Although Soane had begun to consider a curved treatment for the central colonnade of model design M1482 towards the end of September 1804 (drawing 1/6/19), it was not until 11 October (drawing 6/22) that evidence appears of a definite transition from the design of the first general model to that of the second. Having established the composition of the main order with reference to the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli, Soane concentrated upon the attic; a series of drawings from November to the following June 1805registers the various metamorphoses undergone by this element . An undated drawing (6/22) approaches nearest to the form taken by the attic of this model and the building as executed, with its angular projections on the line determined by the twin columns flanking the central colonnade. The scrolled terminal capping these projections, which appears on other parts of the bank façade is represented by a full-scale model (MY42). Moreover, a passage of the ornamental frieze, as partially indicated on the general model, is shown on a stone section of the entablature (model M194).
Metropole London 1800 bis 1840, Villa Hügel, Essen, 6 June - 8 November 1992
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