- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (20) 2nd Decr 1823 (21) 2nd Decr / 1823 (22, 24, 25) 9th December 1823 (23) 9th Decr 1823
The elevation designs correspond with the plans (drawings 20 and 21) so that drawing 20 shows 'Design No 1' (drawing 19) and 'Design No 2 A' and drawing 21 shows 'Design No 2 C' and the design on drawing 25.
On drawing 20, two dotted lines show the 'original line' and the 'altered line' of the front of the building. Soane's original line would have cut into King Street. Lord Harrowby objected to this and directed the line to be set back so that King Street would not be affected. This was to cause difficulties later, however, when it was decided to rebuild the Home Office in March 1825.
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).