- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 50 is similar to drawing 38 but with wooden centering wedges in place to support the inner arch construction, as well as scaffolding. Below the elevation is a plan of the timber floor structure on which the piers and arch stood. Drawing 49 shows a similar aspect to drawing 50.
Drawing 51 shows the centering and inner arch depicted in drawings 49 and 50. The plans above correspond to the pier bases. The 'milled lead sheet' referred to in the inscription is otherwise known as rolled lead: a type of lead that has been produced by rolling since the mid-1700s and is an alternative to sand cast sheets
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).