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SM volume 74/1


Survey of existing hall (designed by Robert Taylor, 1714-88) with proposed triple-lantern design and stove studies added, dated 19 November 1791


1 Plan, laid-out elevation/sections and details for Bank Stock Office


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Bank Stock Office / Rebuilt 1792, (Dance) Oak Leaves, Acorn, Birds, dimensions given and (verso) Dimensions of Bank Stock Office / as it is now

Signed and dated

  • Novr 19: 1791 (recto and verso)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, rose pink, yellow ochre and brown madder washes, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper with three fold marks (458 x 587)


Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-94) (Day Book, 19 November 1791), Soane and George Dance (1741-1825)


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR and E & P


This sheet shows a survey of the existing structure, taken by Thomas Chawner on 19 November 1791. It was used as a template in two of the laid-out sections for the preliminary triple-lantern design presented to the Bank of England's directors on 24 November and 6 December 1791. Three lantern lights surmounted by pitched wood roofs (in yellow ochre wash) rise above the existing vaulting. In rose pink wash is shown the new masonry vaulting.
Pencil sketches over the plan, probably in Soane's hand, shows the retention and reinforcement of four existing points of support and the disposition of the stove and lanterns. Further sketches in the margins, identified as being in Dance's hand by Summerson and Jill Lever, show details of the central stove and column-flue, including a plan, ornamental lion, and a capital for the column-flue that shows oak leaves and acorns above a spiral column-flue. It is not possible to say when Dance added his details but since drawings 58-63 ignore the footprint provided by this drawing it may have been done after them and before 64, dated 11 December 1791 and following.
To see further studies done by George Dance to assist Soane with the rebuilding of the Bank Stock Office between 1791 and 1792 see section 13, drawings 58-73.
The sheet has been folded three times and identified on its outside by the verso inscription, probably for ease of storage and also transport to and from Soane's Great Scotland Yard and Bank offices.


J. Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) ... from the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, 2003, p. 352; E. Schumann-Bacia, John Soane and the Bank of England, 1991, p. 52, ill. 36; J. Summerson, 'The evolution of Soane's Bank Stock Office in the Bank of England', The unromantic castle, 1990, pp. 146-147, ill. 125



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