- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Bank of England
- (68) Lincolns Inn Fields / Augst 30th 1803 (70) Sepr 5: 1803, Sep 14: 1803, Sep 16: 1803 (71) Sep: 8: 1803 (three times) (73) Jan: 7: 1804 (76) Sep: 27: 1803
The attached columns are similar to the design shown in drawings 41 to 47 but the columns have been doubled in height. Drawing 68, an intermediary between these two designs, has two storeys of columns.
Drawing 70 shows ornamentation added to the façade, including caducei and an attic panel, as well as bracketed pediments crowning the windows. The inscriptions also concern the construction of the segmental arched ceiling of the Accountant's Office, consisting of courses of hollow cones anchored by stones secured with iron chains at the bases of the arch. As drawings 88 and 89 show, the arched ceiling of the Accountants Office was protected by a separate roof. This was a wise choice, as Soane's earlier employment of cone roof construction, in the Bank Stock Office and the Rotunda, encountered persistent problems with weatherproofing.
Alterations, in Soane's hand, to drawing 75 show a widening of the central projection to two bays rather than one. This modification suggests a design similar to the executed version, featuring plenty of space for windows.
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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