- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Bank of England
- Bank of England, City of London for the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, 1788-1834 (1352)
- Bank of England
- (17-19) datable to 1792
Drawing 18 accurately shows the dimensions of the hall as realised, the elevation of the side-aisle arches, and the banded rustication used to decorated the walls. However, the design does not precisely match that of the executed hall. Omitted are three fielded panels in the upper zone of the north wall, similar to those found above the side-aisle arches. Furthermore the fasciated Ionic architrave was replaced by a fret moulding, and the projecting cornice by a much flatter roll moulding. The section also does not attempt to show the surfaces of the pendentive dome or side-arm barrel vaults.
Similarly drawing 19 shows the dimensions, structure and decoration more or less as built, including the banded rustication surmounted by panels, counters, grilles, a corner cupboard for storing ledgers and other Bank books, and the iron and glass lantern. However, the shaded doorway was not cut through this north wall, but in the opposite south wall leading to the Rotunda. The dimensions of the wall panels are also not exactly as executed.
There are some sketches on drawing 19, presumably by Soane, including a blocking course above the right bay, and on the bottom of the sheet a foundation arcade and a pattern for the soffit of one of the lateral arches.
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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