- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
34 John Soane Esqr / Bank of England // John Soane Esqr // Sirs // Hearing that you / wanted premises for a Branch Bank / of the Bank of England in this City, / we hereby hand you the enclosed Ground / plan (taken very roughly by our Carpenter) / of our Freehold Estate, which we beg / to offer you for £2000 - possession / may be had immediately - the premises / are situated a very short distance / from the Market Place, against / one of the Principal Streets through (verso): which the London road pass to the / Market Place - any other par- / ticulars which may be required / will be most readily given by / your Obedient Servts / Trivett & Cozins
- (33) John Darken (carpenter) (34) as above ('Trivett & Cozins'), Norwich / Augt 12 1828
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).