- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 68 gives a longitudinal section of the hall. Given the similarities of proportions across the later south Transfer Office and the later south-east Transfer Office, it is difficult to ascertain which office is shown in drawing 68. However, there is an opening at the base of the central-left pier, which was presumably intended to accommodate the flue running through the centre of the pier, as shown on the plan in drawing 40. Drawing 40 shows the plan for the later south-east Transfer Office and the pier-flue position corresponds to this plan. Therefore it seems likely that drawing 68 also shows the later south-east Transfer Office. Soane's alterations can be seen in the yellow brick (used to fill in parts of the red-brick inverted arches that had fallen away) and in the stone work crossing part of the central aisle brick foundations. The red brick inverted arches must have corresponded to Taylor's sixteen piers above. With only Soane's four piers to support, the redundant arches were filled in.
Drawing 69 shows the cross-section counterpart to drawing 68, with foundation arches. On the west (right), one of the old lanterns can be seen in the adjoining room, Taylor's south Transfer Office, indicating that the demolition of that office was not planned when the drawing was made. On the left, the exterior columns orient the section: looking towards the southern wall.
Drawings 68 and 69 may be unused lecture drawings (see notes to drawing 113).
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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