- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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.
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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