- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Office of Works
- London: Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices, Whitehall & Downing Street: designs for new offices and scheme for the improvement of Downing Street, 1823-33 (284)
- Office of Works
- (192) 23rd Decr 1825 (193) 25th Decr 1825 (194) 26th Decr 1825 (195, 196) 27th Decr 1825 (197) 31st Decr 1825
Although the design of the Triumphal Arch is more or less the same in each drawing, the offices to the left (south) side of Downing Street are different. On drawings 192 and 196 the entablature recedes between the columns. Drawings 193 and 195 are similar to each other, except that the Arch is located further into Downing Street in the latter design. On drawing 196 the Downing Street frontage of the new State Paper Office retains only the outer columns. On drawing 197, this building has a bowed end.
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).