- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
68 as above, labelled: Present The Governor / Mr Deputy Govr / Mr Thornton / Mr Harman / Mr -, Iron, Area, 8.0, (pencil) 17 Jan / Govr / Mr ---- (illegible) / Mr ---- (illegible) / Mr Thornton / Mr Harman 69 as above, labelled: The Bank of England, Design No 2, Princes Street, No 1, No 2, No 3, No 4, No 5, Lothbury, Court (4 times), Lobby, Safe, Passage, Strong / Closet, Water / Closet, Passage, Water / Closet, Strong / Closet, Lobby, Counting House / to / No 2 / One Story only, Counting House / to / No 3 / One Story only, Counting House / to / No 4 / One Story only, Open Passage to different Accomptg Houses &c, Warehouse, Meeting House Court, Almshouses / Rent £40 / Repairs 200£, B, Rent 180 / Repairs / at least £800, A, Rent £40 / Repairs £200, Mr Wright, Mr Norris, Old Jewry, Rent / 40 - 200 / 180 800 / 40 200 / 260 1200 and (pencil) some dimensions given 70 as above, labelled: The Bank of England, No 1, No 2, No 3, No 4
- (66, 67, 69) John Soane Arch / LIF 12 Decr 1809 (68) as above ('approved 17h Jany 1810') (70) 1810
Although drawing 70 is dated '1810' it is probably an earlier design. The date was added later by George Bailey when he was curator of the Soane Museum (1837-60).
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.
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