- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 47 is a watercolour by Joseph Michael Gandy. The perspective is from the north-east corner of Bank Street, with a corner of Robert Taylor's Bank Buildings showing on the left-hand side of the drawing. The Bank Buildings were designed to complement the Italianate arcades of Taylor's 1765 screen wall.
The cymatium of the façade have sculpted lion masks; Soane reported in one Lecture IV at the Royal Academy that the lions heads were 'placed to carry off through their mouths the water from the roof, in imitation of the cornice of the Tower of the Winds at Athens' (Watkin).
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).