- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 97 shows a door on west side (left), a pipe leaving room at east wall (right) and an alternative pipe system sketched in pencil, differing from the previous foundation plans for the south Transfer Office (drawings 92 and 94). Soane's proposed piers are marked out (without wash). Building materials appear to be indicated by coloured wash: grey wash presumably denoting stone and pink, brick. None of the drawings indicate chimney flues within the piers, as the plans for the later south-east Transfer Office do.
Drawing 98 labelled plan no 2 so evidently a variant design. A door has been added on west (left) in the same position as that on drawing 97. No longitudinal foundation walls are shown however, which indicates that Soane may have intended to remove that part of the foundation as it was redundant without Taylor's columns to support. The brick pier foundations adjoining the walls also appear to have been broadened (compared to drawing 97). Drawing 99 is very similar to drawing 98 and is probably a copy.
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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