- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The pencil elevations on the verso of each of the drawings show designs for a banking hall. The designs have segmental arches, as in the Bank Stock Office, but they also show a peripteral lantern as included in the Four Per Cent Office (see separate schemes). The drawings accurately show the Bank Stock Office's dimensions (see SM volume 74/29, 74/21 and 74/11, drawings 17 to 19 in scheme 2:1). These drawings are probably preliminary designs for the Four Per Cent Office, dating from 1793.
John Britton wrote in 1814 that the Governor's Room was painted a red colour and had an 'intersected ceiling, with semicircular windows near the top. The chimney-piecce is of statuary marble, and above it is a very large mirror; against the opposite wall is a fine painting by Morland, of the Bank, Bank-buildings, Cornhill, and Royal Exchange, from an interesting point of view near the Mansion House.'(Britton)
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.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).