- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
All three drawings show both offices as well as part of the Rotunda (which had already been rebuilt by Soane 1794-95), positioning the two rooms in the south-east corner of the Bank (the south-east Transfer Office borders Bartholomew Lane and Threadneedle Street and the south Transfer Office borders Threadneedle Street alone). The first two drawings give the dimensions of both offices, which are very similar (the south Transfer Office: 64:1¼" x 45:8½", the south-east Transfer Office: 64:2" x 45:8"). The two offices were to be remarkably similarly in all respects. According to D. Abramson, Soane's initial idea in 1805 was to rebuild the office south of the Rotunda identically to the office directly north of the Rotunda (to create symmetry). Eventually, however, 'more innovative variations were made to the Bank Stock Office prototype'.
Drawing 3 shows 16 columns in each office, one feature of Taylor's original halls that Soane was to change. The arrangement is the same as that shown in drawing 4.
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).