- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 3 is drawn in a sketchbook dated 1815-16. It seems to be a survey drawing of the vestibule as existing pre-1814, however, it is drawn later than the other survey drawings. Compared with drawing 1 it is possible to identify the four columns, fireplace, entrance into Pay Hall and the small offices on the east side of the original vestibule. It is a rough plan but fully dimensioned. It is perhaps a copy of a more formal drawing and was most probably used for reference on site during the construction of the new Treasury. The northern end of the plan is more detailed than the southern end.
For further plans of the original rectangular vestibule entering the Rotunda at the north east corner see drawings 1-3 in sub-scheme 5. 'Alterations to the Rotunda vestibule', 1791' within phase 1. '1788-1792...' (SM 9/4/1 & volume 75/22-23).
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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