- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The flank elevation is 17 bays wide (about 240 feet) and has a rusticated basement. The projecting centre is three bays wide and has six Ionic columns, a storey and a half tall, that support a pediment with acroteria and sculpted figures.
The design on the verso is for a nine-bay elevation without an order. Above the rusticated ground floor, the principal storey has tall pedimented windows at each end and in the centre, and between these are three windows set into round-arched recesses. The attic storey is three bays wide and crowned by a tablet with trophy of shield, lances and flags.
S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster', PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 186 (drawng 62 verso), p. 189 (drawing 62 recto).
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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