- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 45 is very similar to 44 but with sculpted bracket-figures, either side of the skyline pedestal. Drawing 46 shows the opposite elevation, with two entrances and without the rusticated basement of the south front.
The elevations all show what is presumably the 'foul ward' marked on drawing 31. It can be seen on the end, set apart (on the left for drawings 43 to 45 and on the right in drawing 46) - a single storey structure surmounted by a triangular pediment (with antifixae at the corners). It is connected to the main Infirmary by an arch only, in the belief that this would prevent infection spreading.
It seems likely that this design was intended to be built in the position indicated by the block plans of drawings 31 and 32.
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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