- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Pencil sketches over the plan, probably in Soane's hand, shows the retention and reinforcement of four existing points of support and the disposition of the stove and lanterns. Further sketches in the margins, identified as being in Dance's hand by Summerson and Jill Lever, show details of the central stove and column-flue, including a plan, ornamental lion, and a capital for the column-flue that shows oak leaves and acorns above a spiral column-flue. It is not possible to say when Dance added his details but since drawings 58-63 ignore the footprint provided by this drawing it may have been done after them and before 64, dated 11 December 1791 and following.
To see further studies done by George Dance to assist Soane with the rebuilding of the Bank Stock Office between 1791 and 1792 see section 13, drawings 58-73.
The sheet has been folded three times and identified on its outside by the verso inscription, probably for ease of storage and also transport to and from Soane's Great Scotland Yard and Bank offices.
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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