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  • image SM (4) volume 74/2

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SM (4) volume 74/2


Preliminary design for twin-domed hall


4 Plan and laid-out elevation/sections


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Bank Stock Office, door into Transfer / Office, door into Vestibule, top of balustrade, (probably in Soane's hand, brown ink) Take this side, (red pen) of Bellglass, (pencil and pen) dimensions given and (verso) Plan of design for Bank Stock Office

Signed and dated

  • datable to December 1791 - January 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia and burnt sienna washes on wove paper with six fold marks (537 x 656)


Attributed to Thomas Chawner or Frederick Meyer, with sketching by Soane


The twin-domed scheme shown on this sheet kept and strengthened two existing, side-by-side supports in the middle of the hall, thus creating domed areas to the north and south, carried on thick piers attached to the short walls, and with narrow side aisles along the perimeter, demarcated by counters. The southern dome's lightly red-inked plan is over drawn in Soane's hand in black ink, slightly shifted to the centre, and inscribed take this side, in brown ink, as a direction by Soane to draw up a full design based on the black-inked variation of the dome.
However, no other drawings exist of the twin-domed scheme. Though it would have amply lit the hall, the broad span of the arches would have presented structural difficulties and its binary parti went against Soane's hierarchical composition aesthetic. With this sheet, Soane may simply have wanted to try out all his options, and perhaps had been following up on the suggestion for a twin-domed hall made in one of Dance's studies, drawing 61.
The sheet has been folded six 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.



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