- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 1 also shows the counters and desks in place and two circular objects in the centre of the counters - the stoves. The corner pillars on the southern side (left) were original to Taylor's design.
Drawing 2 similarly indicates the desk position (presumably the previous function of the room as an armory was to be abandoned in favour of a ?cheque? office). There is a central stove again and the east wall (bottom) shows the piers, engaged columns and window jambs of the segmental-arched windows that faced onto the Garden Court. The Barrack Court is labelled to the north (right) and a fireplace is shown in the north wall.
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).