- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 58 is a drawing of the east side of the Court under construction. The arches of the Consols Transfer Office can be seen in the background. The south side of the Court was not built until 1801.
Drawing 60 is what appears to be the south side of the Residence Court. Behind the walls are the Accountants Office and the Cashier's Office.
Drawing 61 shows centering erected by the carpenters to support the bricks of the arches. Once the mortar is dried, the arch was self-supporting and the centring could be dismantled. The drawing also shows the windlass, a principal piece of machinery for building at the time. It was part of a pully system to hoist heavy machinery and materials.
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).