- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Bank of England
Drawings 1 and 2 both have a large court directly north of the Accountants Offices and surrounded by buildings, as in the executed design. An entrance faces Lothbury Street. Drawing 1 resembles the executed design more closely, with long rectangular offices surrounding the court and forming a smaller triangular courtyard beside the northern entrance. Drawing 2 shows an alternative design of offices arranged around a semicircular court. The drawing is undated but parts of the plan are clearly copied from drawing 2.
In both designs, as in the executed design, the buildings in the new wing do not respond to the surrounding streets or the awkward angles of the screen wall. The interior court, rather, acts as the focal point for the new offices.
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).