- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Two further drawings showing the design development of the Bakehouse plan can be found in the SM Archives (Priv.Corr.IX.J.27-30). The first shows a rough pencil sketch introducing the corridor (creating the two south rooms). This is undated but most likely to be an early design (post-dating drawing 173). The second drawing (again a pencil sketch) shows all three rooms as well as the west extension shown in drawing 180. This is dated to 30 June 1818 and therefore seems more likely to be a preliminary record drawing (drawing 180 being its finished version).
The elevations shown in drawings 182 and 183 are very similar to the earlier elevations (drawings 174-175). Drawing 181 shows the oven added to the plan (drawing 180).
Drawings 182-183 all clearly show the dentillated cornice and chimney, discussed for drawings 174-177. The north front (drawing 183) shows, in section, the end wall of the partially demolished building between the Bakehouse and Wren's Guardhouse (see drawing 179).
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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