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  • image SM 40/4/17

Reference number

SM 40/4/17


[7] Rough design for the new building


Ground floor plan and elevation


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


W. A. Jackson Esqre, Sketch of a Design for the New Buildings in Fountain Court, labelled: Compting / House, Porter, Entrance, Court (3 times), high wind[ow], Qy 9 feet, high window, high wind[ow], Compting House

Signed and dated

  • 5 July 1804
    July 5 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper with two fold marks (557 x 676)




In this rough design, which is in Soane's hand, the curved façade of the previous designs [4-6] has been replaced with a faceted elevation, probably due to the evident difficulty that the architect had in creating a regular interior plan. A rough elevation in pencil shows the central part of the façade which is three bays wide and has two storeys with a raised basement.



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