- 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
Drawing 273 shows three variant designs for the new buildings and Triumphal Arch. The left (south) half of the top design is copied at the bottom of the sheet. The building shown in burnt Sienna wash to the left (south) of the new buildings is a replica of the old tennis court. The main difference between the designs is the treatment of the attics.
On drawing 274 is another design for the new Home Office with a portico of six columns slightly projecting from a front that is wider than the other corner pavilions. The same design is shown on drawing 275. The Soane office drawings for the New State Paper Office, which is shown on the verso of drawing 275, will be catalogued in 2014.
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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