- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 5 shows the external corner of Taylor's south-east Transfer Office. Detached columns can be seen on the exterior corner and the irregular shape of the exterior wall surface must have necessitated the measurements given on the drawing, marking the 'thickness of the wall at the recess'. However, the diagonal measurement across the interior angle and the inscription relating to plastering suggests that the focus of the survey was on the potential of the interior of the hall. The wall bordering Threadneedle Street was not straight (see the general plan) and this would have been a consideration for Soane when re-building of the interior.
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).