- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- January 1823
Lincoln's Inn Fields / Jany. 1823
In the Soane Office Day Books only Arthur Mee is recorded as working on Sections for the church in January 1823, and certain letter forms such as the upper case -N and lower case -s conform to those used by Mee
The use of iron pillars supports the timber for the roof, and also the arches forming the arcade at gallery level. Dean observed the use of iron in this situation as enabling the plaster covering to appear 'almost as thin as a paper chain'. Dean also noted this feature enabled Soane to make the arches as thin as the metal support would allow, and push the nave ceiling as high as it could go to maximise light.
Port, 2006, p. 145 fig. 103
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.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).