- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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The building was a rectangular room on a north-south axis, along the western wall of the Bank. A chimney-piece was placed at both ends and the room was covered by a conventional pitched roof. The floor of the upper office had to be raised slightly from the structure of the Reduced Annuities Office's roof below, so that the latter would not have to be altered.
The stair leading up to the Cheque Office was located among the Director's Offices, to the west of the Committee Room (see drawing SM 9/4/12, drawing 4 in 3:13).
See SM 9/2/2, drawing 1 in 5:2, for an elevation of the bank showing the office.
The site record drawings (from drawing 5 onwards) are unusual. Detailed, clearly drawn in a diagramatic way, some of the detail may have been added from working drawings rather than entirely drawn (and measured) on site. The style of draughtsmanship is that of a manual of building construction.
Matilda Burn 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 Office over the Reduced Annuity Office, 1816 (34)
- Presentation drawing, 1816
- Survey drawings, one dated 30 July 1816 (2)
- One site progress drawing and a site record drawing, 18-30 July 1816 (2)
- Progress drawings, 1-3 August 1816 (2)
- Site record drawings and one design, 3 August 1816 (3)
- Progress drawings, 7 August (2)
- Two site record drawings and two site-progress drawings, 7 to 9 August 1816 (4)
- Site record drawings, 9 August 1816 (2)
- Site-progress drawing and site record drawing, 13-17 August 1816 (2)
- Site record drawings, 6-7 September 1816 (4)
- Site record drawings, 7 September 1816 (3)
- Site record drawing and two progress drawings, 13 September 1816 (2)
- Site record drawings, one dated 13-18 November 1816 (3)