- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 102 reveals that despite the fact that the east arcade linking the Gallery to the college was never executed the original design is reflected in the large blind arches in low relief running along the entire east front of the Gallery.
Drawing 103 usefully illustrates one aspect of the plumber's trade. Namely, the re-use of old lead by melting so as to provide the material for pipes, flashings, gutters and other leadwork. William Good, who was paid £777.16.3 and Lancelot Burton, who was paid £385.14.3, were employed as the plumbers. It is recorded that on April 18, June 9 and 24, and July 10 Good was 'cramping lead' and on August 18 Burton had a 'carriage home of old lead and cuttings'.
Drawings 104 and 105 show the external structure of the new Gallery almost complete, apart from the windows and doors of the almshouses. The slated roofs were covered at the beginning of August 1812 by W. and J. Sharpe, who were paid £39.13.1 for their work.
The information about the tradesmen is from the building accounts, SM Bill Book G, folios 413-442.
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).