Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Design for the later south-east Transfer Office lantern exterior, c.1820 (2)
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image Image 1 for SM (75) volume 74/119 (76) volume 74/121
image Image 2 for SM (75) volume 74/119 (76) volume 74/121
  • image Image 1 for SM (75) volume 74/119 (76) volume 74/121
  • image Image 2 for SM (75) volume 74/119 (76) volume 74/121

Reference number

SM (75) volume 74/119 (76) volume 74/121

Purpose

Design for the later south-east Transfer Office lantern exterior, c.1820 (2)

Aspect

75 Longitudinal section of the arches and lantern, facing east 76 Longitudinal section of the arches and lantern, facing west

Scale

(75-76) bar scale

Inscribed

75 Roof etc of the "Reduced Office", The Bank of England and some dimensions given 76 The Bank of England and Roof etc of the "Reduced Office"

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawings 75 and 76 show a longitudinal section of the later south-east Transfer Office and the lantern, the former facing east and the latter, west. The orientation can be ascertained by noting the baluster included in each (on the right of drawing 75 and the left of drawing 76) - this must have been above the cornice on the south wall.

Drawing 75 shows the two end bay barrel vaults to either side of the lantern. The lantern itself is octagonal in shape (as can be seen from aerial photographs taken prior to its demolition). Each of the eight plains is framed by a pair of incised pilaster and divided into three window lights. A balustrade is shown above the first tier but as yet no octagonal roof is indicated. The internal roof structure of the hall is also shown - a hipped central section with straight sloping sides over each aisle. These would have had arches underneath, as shown in drawing 76, but were presumably constructed in this double layer for purposes of structural stability - taking lines of force from the lantern weight down to the side walls, not just directly down onto the arch top.

The lantern shown in drawing 76 is very similar to drawing 75 except that the central balustrade (above the first tier) has been excluded, showing the octagonal roof.

Level

Drawing

Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

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).