- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
datable to 1823-24 in accordance with (other drawings in this group)
Some of the letter forms, such as upper case -N and lower case -s are consistent with Office Day Book entries and other drawings by Mee
As a design, this drawing can be compared with SM 54/4/8 relating to the tower at Holy Trinity Marylebone. They are almost identical in plan, elevation and section, although SM 54/4/8 has a split elevation and section instead of two separate drawings. Unlike SM 54/4/8, the St Peter's version lacks the frieze of fret between the Corinthian capitals at the top of the square portion of the tower, and the lancet window in the cylindrical portion is not shuttered, the dome is fluted, and the dowels on the outer stonework of the dome are not shown.
One difference within the St Peter's corpus is the clock face surround does not have a wreath in this drawing, but is wreathed on SM 54/6/15 and SM 54/6/16, which were produced in the same year.
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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