- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 37, dated 24 February 1794, almost a year after the main bulk of the drawings were made, offers accommodation for brewing, laundering and dairy work so the location of the kitchen, servants hall, scullery and pantry must have been resolved. The note on the drawing about letting out 'the Steam between the flues of the Chimney shaft [in the laundry] ... as was done at Mr Thornton's stables' refers to Godfrey Thornton of Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire (q.v.). His stables were built 1790-93 and though they partly remain, the drawings have not survived. Walter Payne, was clerk of works at Moggerhanger before coming to Sulby so would have understood the reference.
A year later drawing 39 (dated 5 March 1795) was sent by post to Sulby for Walter Payne, with an instruction as to the building of a porch to the kitchen front. Enclosed in the letter was a copy of the kitchen front (drawing 33 verso).
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 Designs for the offices, 1794-5 (4)
-  Design for the offices, Servants Hall and Scullery
-  Design for the offices, Plan and three Elevations, 24 February 1794
-  Design for the offices, Elevation of the Side Front
-  Design for the offices, Plan and elevations for a porch, 5 March 1795