- The drawings of Sir John Soane
'Design 1' is one bay wide with single lancet windows under labels and with triglyphs or toothing under the parapets to each lodge. The plan consists of an extended semicircular room and a stair with an entrance on both sides. Between the twin lodges is a railing in four parts with pedestals.
'Design 2' takes the first design, gives it a rounded form and adds single storey projections to each side. There is no plan.
'Design 3' is of two-storeys with storey-high buttresses. The plan consists of an extended semicircular room with a door and the addition of a half-turn with winders stair . The upper windows are double lancets and the parapet is castellated. Between the twin lodges there are two short walls with drop arches and a with a double gate in the centre.
'Design 4' includes a 'Prospect Room' and is thus different from these and the following designs. A corresponding 'Lodge' and 'Alcove' are bridged by 'a prospect Room' over an 'archway'. There are single, double and triple semicircular-headed windows under labels, a decorated frieze and castellated parapet.
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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