- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawings 53 and 54 both show the same springing point for the centre arch (drawing 53 shows the detail and drawing 54 shows it as part of the wider elevation). As the adjoining arch must span a space at a right angle to the former, the springing point is shown with three plains - flat at the front and angled either side of pier to turn into the arch on the other side of the square (the springing point in fact accommodates three arches, the third spanning the width of the end bay).
Drawing 55 shows one side of the square with its double arch centering in place. To the left is a ready made wooden centering arch with struts, presumably ready to be winched up into place in order to have the stonework constructed around it.
Given the 1818 date of drawings 52 to 54, this set of drawings is most probably for the later south-east Transfer Office, though they may have been re-used for the later south Transfer Office (as the two hall designs were nearly identical).
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.
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