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SM (6) 81/2/55


Working drawing, 10 December 1796


6 Plan, elevation and details of a Chimney for the Cheque Office


to a scale and (Half the full size)


as above, Wall Line (twice), This opening / to be sunk / through, Slab, some dimensions given and (Soane) drawg Room Bristol / & Liverpool / 19 Ap:1827

Signed and dated

  • Bank / Decr. 10th 1796


Soane office and Soane


Drawing 6 shows a chimney-piece originally designed for the Bank Cheque Office. The inscription referring to 'Bristol & Liverpool' indicates that the model was re-used for the Liverpool and Bristol bank branches in 1827. The handwriting is Soane's, unlike the the earlier inscriptions.

The chimney-piece itself is shown with fluted outer jambs and frieze, and corner roundels. These consist of an encised circle, with a further circular opening in its centre 'to be sunk through', presumably to add depth and texture to the surface of the chimney piece.



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