- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
In drawing 46 the firebox also appears linked to the hypocaust system shown in drawing 45, via the duct, in blue wash, on the edge of the left section. According to the plan in drawing 45, this duct would lead to the north wall flues.
Drawing 47 depicts the chimney piece and accompanying flues built at the north end of the Bank Stock Office, as well as a locked, grated entrance into the cellar below. The flues connected to the hypocaust system depicted in drawing 45, conducting hot air and smoke generated by the firebox in the centre of the cellar, as seen in drawing 46, up through the north wall and out of the building. Drawing 22 clearly shows the chimney piece and cellar door in relation to the built hall.
It also appears that the hot air pipes embedded in the north wall and running exposed across the front of the chimney piece might have helped warm the hall. Additionally or alternatively, the chimney piece may have been a working fireplace, holding a bed of hot coals in a raised grate.
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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