- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The attic feature would have contributed a vertical emphasis to the Bank's skyline. It is essentially a pasticcio of Soanean elements elongated for a desired verticality. The lowest stage has a shouldered rectangular plan with fluted piers at each corner below incised, inverted and squared Ionic capitals; the block-like top girdled by four pediments. The middle stage has as its source the pendentive dome on four piers of the Soane monument (see SM 63/7/32 and 33, drawings 22 and 23 in the Soane Monument catalogue). The strigilated, cylindrical upper stage, perhaps resembling a lidded cinerary urn, appears to have had its finial trimmed in both sheets.
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).