- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawings 216 and 217 are evidently an original and its copy. The layout of rooms is similar in all four plans (216-219) to drawings 214-215.
As drawing 218 shows, the Physician had appartments on the first floor. The Board of Commissioners' minutes for February 1820 record Soane's estimates for repairs to these quarters and the Commissioners' orders that the Physician should be found accommodation elsewhere. The board also asked Soane 'to submit a Plan and Estimate for altering the Premises situated between the Apartments of the First Chaplain and the Comptroller, in such manner as to afford each of those Officers the accommodations solicited by them in their Memorial'. Drawing 218 is evidently a survey for the proposed division of the Physician's appartments on the first floor, between the Chaplain and Comptroller, though it is unclear how the rooms were to be divided.
Drawing 219 records later alterations made to the Chaplain's apartments, just two years before Soane's death.
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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