- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 27 is a design for the office alterations. The plan was sent by post to Wimpole on 5 January 1793, showing the rooms reallocated and with some alterations including, for example, the laundry at the centre of the plan and adjoining the wash house and the brew house moved to a smaller room at the end of the nine-bay range. The west range is altered to allow for a different storage system, with separate rooms partitioned off to include a game larder, wet larder, dry larder and a pastry. The dairy is moved to allow more space for the wet larder. The kitchen remains unchanged.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Surveys and a design for the office range, December 1792 and January 1793 (3)
-  Survey, Ground floor plan, December 1792
-  Survey, First floor and attic plans, December 1792
-  Design for the office range, Ground floor plan, 5 January 1793