- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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Economic conditions were more favourable in 1823 and in May of that year the Bank's director's gave Soane their approval for repairing the old façades built by Robert Taylor on Threadneedle Street, Princes Street and Bartholomew Lane (originally built in 1768 and c.1785). Eventually, as the wall's poor conditions were revealed, the directors were influenced to approve the complete replacement of the walls, as well as the reconstruction of the façade to George Sampson's entrance building (1734). After the façade was rebuilt, Soane made alterations to the surrounding streets, thereby improving the approach to his newly-clad edifice.
From 1826 to 1829, Soane was occupied with building the Bank of England branches in eleven towns. Designs for the branches are not a part of this catalogue.
Madeleine Helmer, 2011
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).
Contents of 1817-1833 Rebuilding of offices in the south-east and the façade, temporary office spaces and presentation drawings (219)
- South and south-east Transfer Offices, 1817-23 (115)
- East, south and west façades, 1823-1828 (54)
- Improvements to streets, 1825-1829 (18)
- Temporary alterations (31)
- Presentation drawings, 1830-1831 (3)