- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The public rooms of the Bank were towards the front of the site as the more private offices were around the administrative quadrangle towards the back. Transfer offices were on the first floor of the entrance building. The Pay Hall occupied a prominent position facing visitors as they entered the front court. Daniel Abramson states that the temple-like front of the Pay Hall resembles popular country house architecture of the time and yet the principal storey was on the ground floor, recalling the 17th century classicism of Wren and his followers. Drawing 2 shows, in pencil, the figure of Britannia upon the pediment. Robert Taylor (1714-88) executed the carving in the 1740s.
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).