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Reference number

SM 40/2/42


[23] Design for the front elevation with alterations by Soane, 23 July 1801


Front Elevation, Plan on the Line cd, Plan of the Attic Pilasters / on the line ab, sections through frontage and details of cornice A with alterations by Soane; (verso) detail of a moulding


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot, (detail of cornice 'A') full size


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, labelled: (elevation) A, c, d, 22.7½ between Brick[wor]k, a, b, (plan on the line CD) Mid of P[arty] Wall, These reference Pilasters / placed 2in before / the old party wall & / the space P between / Pilasters in the old Brickwork, P, (sections) Center of Party Wall, Face of Party, 1½ before old wall (twice), ¼ before old wall, ¾ before old wall, Center of Party Wall, Face of Party Wall next / new Building, (detail of cornice) Face of Pilaster, Wall Line and dimensions given; (verso): Brickw, This weatherg / over the Pilasters only / & square sinkg / over the / brickwork / between / the Pilasters, These Mouldgs to run all through / the length of the Front, A, B, D, Flower to project 1¼ before the Margin A & to be sunk 2¼ as at B and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23 July 1801
    July 23 1801 and (in Soane's hand, 4 times) Aug 16 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (689 x 566)


Thomas Sword
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.


WL 1794


The design shown in this drawing is very similar to an earlier design (drawing [17]) although the first floor windows are now round-headed rather than square-headed, and hood mouldings with Greek key stops have been added to the windows on the ground floor. Against the wall of Messrs North Hoare & Co's premises to the west Soane has added a 'return elevation' incorporating two panel pilasters similar to those on the elevation of the new banking house. In feint pencil there is a design for a scrolled pediment or acroterion above the attics. Soane's alterations to the drawing were made on 16 August 1801.



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