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  • image SM 40/2/37

Reference number

SM 40/2/37


[4] Design for the front elevation, datable to 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: 23.2, (pencil) , (pencil) ¾, (pencil) 22.7½

Signed and dated

  • June 1801
    datable to June 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (554 x 341)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword


The alterations to the plan of the elevation shown in drawing [3] have been incorporated into this design, which is otherwise the same as the earlier drawing except for the enlargement of the ground floor windows and the inclusion of swags between the capitals of the pilasters.



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