- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 161 shows a central window with two chimney shafts to either side, each pair joined by two stone string-courses and crowned by a plain chimney pot. This arrangement was repeated on each of the four sides of the attic.
Drawing 162 shows a design for the twin chimney stack that was repeated at various positions around the roof (see drawings 163-168). The design consists of a pedestal-stack, surmounted by two shafts placed at a 45 degree angle to the pedestal. These were each crowned by an urn-like chimney pot. The chimney pots were heavily criticised as 'rasin jars' by Soane's son, George, in The Champion on 10 Septembere 1815 (only shortly after the completion of the Clerk of Works' House). The article referred to the Clerk of Works' House on which 'ranged in military array, appears a little regiment of chimney-pots with white heads, like so many well grown cauliflowers'.
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).