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Model for the the Bank of England, London, a spandrel ornament in the old Dividend (4%) Office, in the form of winged caduceus with snake, (designed by Sir John Soane)
Museum number: MP3
Pair with MP4; see also similar items M1081, M1089. Plaster. Of the two offices reconstructed between 1818 and 1823, the Dividend Office was the more richly decorated both on its walls and in the lantern. This one and MP4 which were placed on the spandrels below casts of Banks’ reliefs ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ constitute one of the three types of caduceus used at the Bank. This particular version was anticipated, with certain differences , in the spandrel ornaments used in the Treasury Passage of 1815 (see model MP2). In the 1837 inventory MP3 and MP4 were mistakenly identified with the form of the Caduceus placed on the south façade of Lothbury Court.
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