Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Working drawing, 24 July 1797
  • image SM (7) 81/2/34

Reference number

SM (7) 81/2/34


Working drawing, 24 July 1797


7 Elevation of Recess & Chimney in the 4 pr Cent Office, details including Section thro' the Cap[ital] and (verso) small plan of an unidentified staircase


bar scale and ½ the full size (twice)


No 3. Portland Chimnies for the 4 prCt. Office, Old Wall (twice), Line of Wall, Stone Plinth, some dimensions given and stamped S.O.

Signed and dated

  • S.O. Bank July 24th 1797


Soane office


Drawing 7 is for a chimney-piece design intended for the Four Per Cent Office (directly to the north of the Rotunda).

The chimney-piece elevations shows a triple-incised frame, surmounted by Greek key pattern frieze. The half full size sectional detail shows the incised frieze, marking the depth of the incision-recess back to the wall and (further up) indicating the position of the incised parts for the Greek-key pattern and surround.

As a prelude to copying, the drawing has been pricked for transfer - an indication of the rational re-use of existing designs that characterised Soane's office practice.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

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).