- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 9 shows a plan with a chimney on each side. Two longitudinal walls are shown in perspective to the side: the left-hand shows the west wall bordering Princes Street, and includes iron tie rods securing the bricks and spaces left for floor beams. The right-hand perspective shows the east wall, bordering the Garden Court, again with iron tie rods and gaps for the segemntal-arch windows.
Drawing 10 shows the same perspective as that on the left of drawing 9, with wooden planks inserted into spaces (presumably to stabilise the masonry until floor beams could be added). In all three drawings the dimensions of the bricks are individually marked, suggesting that the drawings were made when the material was in place, as a survey of what had been carried out by the builders.
Drawing 11 shows the west wall, as in drawings 8 to 10, but from an exterior perspective. A stone block is shown amongst the bricks, placed in order that the stone cladding (part of which is shown attached further up) could be attached to the brick wall with a pin from one piece of stonework to the next. A masonry pier and the lower part of the stone wall have been added on top of the bricks, tied together with cramp and lead-filled grooves.
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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