- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The 'proposed line of frontage by the memorial' refers to a memorial walkway erected to separate the ground at the front of the New Bank Buildings on Princes Street from the public ground. The footway was proposed in 1807, along with a request from the Ward of Coelman Street to widen the streets. When this was proposed in 1807 the Bank responded that it was not able to widen the streets without the City's cooperation in opening the south end of Princes Street. Evidently, the parties did not come to a resolution, as the Bank was reviewing similar designs in 1825 (see also drawings 1 to 3).
Drawing 7 includes a survey of Princes Street. The street is 15'3" wide at its two narrowest points. Midway, and even with the Bank's north-west wing, the street widens to 42'6". Drawing 7 has the same design for the entrance to Coleman Street as shown in drawings 4 and 5, removing about 161 feet of street front.
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).