- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 8 again shows the timber floor structure and two sections indicate where the girders and beams, shown on the plan, meet the wall elevations - between the arched foundations and the surface flooring. The sections also show the construction method of the roof - wooden columns support segmental arches which in turn support a central dome, with vertical timbers providing additional support within it.
Drawing 9 shows the timber construction of Taylor's south-east Transfer Office's roof. Twenty circles surrounding the outside edges of the plan and three in the centre represent the old lanterns. The roof plan indicates a flat-topped hipped roof. The two sections show the structure of the domed lantern and the ceiling segmental arches with straight joists from pier to roof girder. A light lath and plaster vault was added to the truss roof.
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).