- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Bank of England
Drawing 101 has an inscription by Soane, 'all these dimensions I doubt!', once more displaying the architect's mindfulness for not only the building's design but its construction. Soane acted as his own surveyor at the Bank of England, charging his clients no extra fee (only the usualy 5% commission, usual for architects at the time). See drawings 21 and 53 for similar inscriptions by Soane.
Drawing 102 shows the Doric Vestibule with an oculus at the top of the domed hall. The oculus has a small recess above it. Variant designs for such an oculus are shown in drawings 55 to 58 in scheme 3:7, designs for the Doric Vestiuble.
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).