- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawings 15 and 16 show the lower part of the wall as it was built (and as drawing 6): a blind portico of six recessed columns are flanked by large blind Vitruvian doors framed by antae. Variant designs for the attic are shown in drawings 15 and 16, with both having three-storeyed attic features surmounting the blind Vitruvian doors (as in drawings 11 to 13). These attic features each have a lower stage consisting of a panel ornamented with a caduceus between panelled piers crowned with antefixes. This pedestal is surmounted by a small domical-capped pedestal, which is topped by a capped cylindrical feature. In drawing 15, the lantern over the south transfer office is visible and aligned with the colonnade (see drawings 5 and 6).
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).