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SM (6) 10/1/2


Engraving of the decorations for the recovery of George III, 24 April 1789


6 South elevation of the Bank of England


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To Mark Weyland, Esqr Governor Saml Bosanquet, Esqr Deputy Governor and the other Directors of the Bank of England / This plate of the principal front of the Bank shewing the disposition of the Lamps and Transparent Paintings on the 24 April 1789 / in consequence of his Majesty's recovery and public visit to St Pauls Cathedral designed by and executed under the directions / of J. Soane Esqr Architect to the Bank -- (illegible) by permission most humbly dedicated by their / most obedient and devoted Servt / Wm Hamilton & PW Tomkins, Published May 12th 1796 by JF Tomkins No 18 New Bond Street

Signed and dated

  • 24 April 1789


William Hamilton (1751-1801), engraved by Petro William Tomkins (1760-1840)


The Threadneedle Street front of the Bank is adorned with a festoon of garlands, medallions and stars, as well as thousands of coloured lights strung together along the roof line and between the windows. 'God Save the King' is lettered in yellow lights over the front entrance. Ornamental urns above the attic contain flaming torches. An illuminated allegorical painting by William Hamilton R.A. hangs in the centre, showing Britannia seated in a triumphal chariot guided by the City of London with her attendents, Commerce and Liberty (see drawing 1). The scheme was designed and executed under Soane's direction.


M. Richardson & M. Stevens (eds), John Soane architect: master of space and light, Royal Academy of Arts, 1999, p. 222, cat. 117; E. Benezit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculptuers, dessinateurs et graveurs, Librairie Gründ, 1976



Exhibition history

John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001

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