- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (60) Lincolns Inn Fields / 1 June 1824, (in Soane's hand) 5 June 1824 / app[rove]dand (pencil) 5 June 1824 (61) L.I.F. / June 1824, (in Soane's hand) 5 June 1824 and (pencil) Apd 5 June 24 (62) Lincolns Inn Fields / June 1824 and (pencil) 4/6/24 (63) L.I.F. / June 1824
The approved design is for a 15-bay, two storey building with an attic over the central nine bays (absent from drawing 61) and giant, fluted Corinthian columns. The ground floor has banded rustication and a single, central entrance plus another entrance on Downing Street. In 'Design No 2' (drawing 62) the attic covers only five bays and the columns - which are Ionic - are only on the upper storey. Design No 3 (drawing 63) appears to have a much taller upper storey and Ionic columns, but no central attic; instead, the two end bays have attics. Two alternative designs for the skyline are also shown.
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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