- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Bank of England
- (96) (Copy) L.I.F. Octr 4: 1803 (97) Sepr 27: 1803
Drawing 96 shows the top floor of the building, level with the stone walkways behind the parapet of the screen wall. Doors lead from the stair out on to the stone landings overlooking Princes Street and the Waiting Room Court (shown in blue wash). The upper parts of the Doric Vestibule and Accountants Office are shown. An 'Opening seen from below' is above the domed interior of the Doric Vestibule.
Drawing 97 concerns the drainage of the flat roof over the recesses in the Doric Vestibule. The water collecting on the roof is directed to the courtyard. The drawing also shows the iron door at the entrance, with the inscription ordering the doorway to be as deep as possible.
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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