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  • image SM 40/2/46

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SM 40/2/46


[26] Design for the front elevation with alterations by Soane, datable to August 1801


Part front elevation (Sketch of part of the Front of House in Fleet Street) with details


bar scale of 5/9 inch to 1 foot


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co, labelled: Brick, Wall Line, M, Center of Party Wall, K, L, M, Floor, B, The same height / as at Ealing, B, L, Base, Window / Cill, K and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1801
    1801 and (in Soane's hand) Aug 15 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (672 x 560)


WL 1794


Soane worked out his ideas for the frontage by altering existing drawings, such as this. Here, he has added a Greek fret panel between the capitals of the pilasters, a cornice with lions' heads and an ornament consisting of a pair of cornucopias (horns of plenty) to the top of the attic. The symbolism of the horn of plenty was appropriate to the nature of the banking house.



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