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SM (4) 9/4/3


Preliminary design for remodelling the vestibule into new passage, 26 December 1814


4 (Bailey) Sketch of a Design for [plan and decorative details for ceiling of] the Passage Leading from the Rotunda / to the Pay Hall Court


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as above, (Bailey) The Bank, dimensions given and (verso, pencil) 671. 17. 6 / 203. 2. 3

Signed and dated

  • 26 Decr 1814


Soane office and Soane


Soane made further significant alterations to the vestibule in 1814. The existing Treasury was to be expanded with an additional room to the south which would reduce the size of the vestibule and created the need for a new route for the passage and alternative entrance into the Rotunda. It is at this stage that the vestibule is reduced to a passage. The new passage was to be driven along the southern end of the extended Treasury and then diagonally into the south- west corner of the Rotunda entering through the semicircular alcove.

Soane has sketched decorative details for the ceiling over the plan, experimenting with rosettes, caduceus motifs and Vitruvian scroll moulding.

The inscription on the verso perhaps refers to money as representing pounds, shillings and pence, however, there is no indication of a £ sign or what the figures could relate to.



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