- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Office of Works
- (152) 7 March 1825 (154) as above ('Copy dated 7 March 1825')
Drawings 152-155 show Soane's initial designs for extending the Board of Trade building further northwards along Whitehall to Dover House, now (2013) the Scotland Office, which can be seen to the right of drawing 152. The new designs are for a 23-bay building with two entrances. Drawing 152, which was 'taken to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [and] Mr Herries', shows four alternative designs for the attic storey. Drawing 155 is a copy of drawing 154.
According to a note on drawing 152, Soane was directed to continue the part of the building containing the Privy Council Offices and 'the return up Downing Street with as much expedition as possible.'
On the verso of drawing 155 is a very rough preliminary drawing by Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843) for a perspective of one of the new Commissioners' churches.
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).