- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- May 1823
Lincolns Inn Fields / May. 1823.
The fluted nature of the surrounds almost doubles as a substitute for the interior loggia columns seen on the earlier designs. The door now has a fanlight, and lamps on plinths are included in niches flanking the door. In removing columns, but adding the fluting to the imposts of the arches Soane may have been thinking of economy. It is also possible that Soane was still experimenting with various versions of the loggia to see which one fits his overall conception the best.
Nevertheless, the designs for his loggias were not acted upon, as by the the time the building was to be executed, the front columns would be pushed forward to create a porch which negatied the need for any type of loggia.
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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