- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 96 shows part of the internal, ground floor long east to west range of the Infirmary (comprising two wards and a central corridor across its width, according to drawing 118). Embedded in the north wall brickwork is a king post truss, possibly inserted to strengthen the wall so that the portion below could be removed (presumably where the roof of the room behind begins). This part of the Infirmary did back on to part of old Yarborough House and was re-used by Soane (as suggested by the colour markings on drawing 56). Soane re-used old materials wherever possible. The large wheel (right-hand side) is presumably part of a hoist.
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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