- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 23 shows part of a queen post roof structure, corresponding to that shown in drawing 24. Drawing 24 also shows the iron tie rods that secured the roof beams together. Drawing 25 corresponds to the top part of the queen post, labelled M on drawing 24, which is the joint that carries the beam running horizontal to the vertical elevation, linking the queen post to a corresponding queen post at the other end of the roof.
The particular joint shown in drawing 24 is labelled as a 'mortise', which was a joint used to connect wooden parts. The 'mortise' is the recess part of the joint and a 'tenon' was fitted into it, dovetailing the two components together.
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).