- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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Taylor had used top lighting in many of the offices. With only three north-facing windows in the Dividend Warrant Office, an oval lantern was necessary for shedding light into the large room. The lantern, however, was made of timber and easily decayed; the Dividend Pay Office roof had stood not even a decade when Soane took action for its replacement.
Literature. E. Hennessy, A Domestic history of the Bank of England, 1992. pp. 47-49, 253; D. Abramson, Money's architecture: the building of the Bank of England, 1731-1833, Doctoral thesis for the Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1993. pp. 307-308;
Madeleine Helmer, 2010
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 Dividend Pay Office, 1792 (4)
- Design for the lantern in the Dividend Pay Office, built by Robert Taylor, 1785-88
- Record drawings of lantern ornament and roof timbers, January 1792 (3)