- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 29 shows much the same aspect as drawing 28, except from a lower view point and with more of the lower foundations evident. The inverted arch has been covered over and thick stone added on top, which again may be an addition for fire-proofing.
Drawing 30 shows the stone work laid on top of the side-aisle arch (the spacing and proportions are the same as those on drawing 28). In both drawings the same pier base is shown to the right. 'Chain-Bars' are included, to tie new stonework to walls.
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).