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Francis Edwards (1784 - 1857)

Design for a Counting House for Messrs Thelusson, Nephew & Co, Princes Street

Pen and coloured washes, with white and Indian ink on paper

Inscription: Insc. in black in below the drawing: View·of·the·Counting·House·/of·Messrs·Thelussons·Nephew·& Co.
Inscription: In white ink on a black border below: Whose·Argosies·with·portly·sail, - Do·over-peer·the·petty·trafickers; / like·signiors·and·rich·burghers·on·the·flood, that·curtsy·to·them, do·them·reverence· / or·as·it·were ·the· pageants·of·the·sea·as·they·fly·by·them; with·their·woven·wings· [from Shakespeare,The Merchant of Venice, Act I, scene I]

Museum number: P207

Curatorial note

Soane office, London, Messrs Thelussons, Nephew & Co., adjoining No. 2 New Bank Buildings, Princes Street: interior perspective as built 1810 with figures.

This is a presentation design for the top-lit Counting House at the rear of the mercantile residence leased to Messrs Thelussons, Nephew & Co. The black object against the far wall is a metal stove.

The Thellusson family were Huguenots who fled France for Geneva following the Edict of Nantes and ended up with banking interests in Switzerland, France and England. For a note on Soane's work for three members of the family see introductory notes to Soane drawings catalogue for London: New Bank Buildings, Princes Street, City of London, 1807-10. Soane constructed three counting houses behind his New Bank Buildings.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk