- Sir John Soane office drawings: the drawings of Sir John Soane and the office of Sir John Soane
- (21) Sepr 17 1807 (22) Septr 19th 1807 (23) Septr 23rd / 1807
Drawings 21 and 23 also show some preliminary details for the decoration of the ceilings in the new houses. Interestingly, the 'secretarys office' to the rear of No. 1 features a winged staff motif similar to the caduceus, a symbol of commerce used by Soane at the Bank of England and the Manchester branch bank.
An outline of the previous buildings occupying the site is overlaid on each of the drawings.
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).