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SM (1) 11/2/18


Survey plan with proposed layout of new houses, March 1807


1 General Plan of the Site of the Houses to be erected in Princes Street & Lothbury 1807 &c


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Part of / the Bank of England, Part of / Grocers Hall Garden, Princes Street, House No 1, House No 2, House No 3, House No 4, House No 5, Area, Lothbury, Court (4 times), Passage, Houses not in the Possession of / the Bank of England, Old Iewry, (Charles Malton) Submitted to the Committee and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • ('submitted to the committee') March 26th 1807

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow ochre, sepia, pink, blue and green washes, pencil, pricked for transfer within a double ruled and black wash border on wove paper with one fold mark (638 x 962)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


J Whatman 1801


An entry in the Soane office Day Book for 26 March 1807 in the hand of Charles Malton (a pupil of Soane's from 1802-09) states that Soane 'sent there [the Bank of England] for the committee / 1 general plan with the alteration on a sheet of antiquarian / 1 plan to a large scale shewing the / alterations about the committee rooms / 1 plan as it is at present / 1 plan of the ground in Princes St / shewing the new houses / on 3 sheets of elephant paper'. The formal function of the drawing explains the stylised labels and the clear colour-coding: the new houses in pink with outside areas in blue, the garden of the Grocers' Hall in green, the streets in yellow ochre and other buildings in sepia.

Pencil lines show the arrangement of the houses that stood on the site before Princes Street was widened. The frontage measures 174 feet in its entirety.



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