- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
In a pair of pencil sketched plans in the upper margin of drawing 32, the pier's octagonal plan alternates long and short sides so as to form a diamond. Into the short, inner side is set an arched brace helping to support the lantern ceiling. On the drawing, this inner face is cut away to show the profile of one of the arch braces delineated by a narrow vertical field of blue wash. Drawing 33 shows one of the wide faces of the octagonal piers ornamented as a pilaster strip, as executed.
As executed, the piers omitted the curved base beneath the shaft and in between the pedestals was placed a continuous sill (see drawing 49).
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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