- 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
- (258) Decr 4 1827 and (pencil) Decr 4th 1827 (259) Decr 5th 1827 (260) Decr 1827 (261) Decr 19 1827 (262, 263) 1827
On drawing 260 the pavilion at the corner of the Privy Council Office has 10 columns instead of the six shown in designs up to this point. Four of the columns have lines drawn through them, probably showing Soane's disapproval. Drawings 259-261 may be preliminary drawings for Joseph Gandy's Design for Completing the New Buildings in Downing Street, 1827 (drawing 242). The presence of a very rough preliminary drawing which might be for Gandy's perspectives of eight designs for churches in different styles, 1824 (SM 15/4/8) supports this hypothesis.
Drawings 262 and 263 show the two options for completing the buildings, the one with a new block south of Downing Street and the other with a pavilion for the Home Office at the north end of the new building.
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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