- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 198 is a plan of the ground floor, very similar to the first group of plans, except for an additional stair running along the east side of the north-west room. The purpose of this is made clear by a drawing from the National Archives, (Works 31/230), which shows three plans; basement, ground floor and attic. The basement shows the north-west corner stairs emerging into a 'wash house', with a pantry and coal store beyond. The stair extends into the attic storey, which has two rooms labelled: a 'Store Room' and a 'Servants / Bed / Chamber'.
Drawing 199 shows the east front with a window, two blind windows and a window, as shown on the previous plan. A three-part arcade joins Soane's building to the (just visible) corner of a Wren building (constructed in red brick, with stone quoining at the corner).
Both Richardson and Ptolemy Dean note the similarity between the Bake House and Gardener's House, located along the same road. Richardson suggests that both buildings 'share the almost primitive style of the stables and are built of common place yellow stock brick, of one storey with four windows and slate roofs with central chimney stacks'.
Drawing 198 is probably by A.P. Mee, although the inscription is obscurred by the border so that only 'M' is entirely visible.
Three preliminary sketches for drawings 198 to 200 are in the SM Archives (Priv.Corr.IX.J.32-34).
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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