- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The versos of SM Adam volumes 36/13 and 36/18 bear inscriptions recording their proposed placement within the Book. This may refer to the order in which the drawings were compiled in their volumes by the Adam family, following the deaths of Robert and James. Alternatively it may be in reference to the Adam office’s intended publication of their castle and country villa designs, a subject explored by Rowan.
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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Contents of Designs and finished drawings for the basement, ground, first and attic storeys of a house, c1783, unexecuted (10)
-  Design for the basement storey of a house, 1783, unexecuted
-  Design for the ground storey of a house, c1783, unexecuted
-  Alternative design for the ground storey of a house, 1783, unexecuted
-  Design for the first storey of a house, 1783, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the basement storey of a house, c1783, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the ground storey of a house, c1783, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the first storey of a house, c1783, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the attic storey of a house, c1783, unexecuted
-  Flyer for the finished drawing for the attic storey, 1783, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the roof of a house, c1783, unexecuted