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  • image SM 40/2/36

Reference number

SM 40/2/36


[3] Design for the front elevation, 16 June 1801


Plan of the frontage and elevation


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Messrs Praeds & Co, Sketch of a Design for the proposed Banking House, labelled: Iron Gate, Area and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 16 June 1801
    June 16 1801 (twice)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and sepia wash, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (554 x 339)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword


This first design for the front elevation shows a three-storey, three-bay house with round-headed windows on the ground floor and square-headed windows on the upper storeys, between which are panel pilasters. At the top is a balustrade with a central feature of a panel between incised pilasters and with two antefixes. To the left of the elevation is a rough design (in Soane's hand) for alterations to the plan of the frontage.



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