- The drawings of Sir John Soane
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Date recorded in Soane office Day Book.
The note to drawing  : NB A mezzanine over the / Lobby to Offices, & over / the dressing room, for a / Closet & China / Closet shows Soane's use of a generous floor to ceiling height though here for not much more than an elevated cupboard. 'Mezzanine' is found on a number of Soane's drawings of which the earliest is for Tendring Hall (drawing 11, 1784) ) and there spelt (in the Italian way) 'Mezzanino'. Soane's mezzanines were small and used to provide closets including water closets and so not the low mezzanine floor above the piano nobile of Palladian architecture.
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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