- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (27-30) datable to late 1814
The drawings are in an octavo sketchbook inscribed on the first page; Sketches of the New Entrance / to the Rotunda at the Bank / from the Pay Hall Court / made during the progress of / the Works in the year 1814-1815. Some of the drawings within the sketchbook are signed by Basevi which would suggest that it belonged to him and all the drawings are in his hand.
The drawings reveal the passage to be built entirely of stone and brick, all incombustible materials. The timber beams and centring would be removed once the mortar has dried and the passage and arches are self-supporting.
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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