- Robert and James Adam office drawings
This is one of very few rooms worked on by Adam for which he designed furniture, but was otherwise uninvolved in the interior decoration. This happened elsewhere at Osterley, in the gallery, and the breakfast room.
The bed for the yellow taffeta bedchamber was executed in gilt wood and satinwood in accordance with Adam's design, and lined with white silk. It survives in situ. A pier glass and a frame for a Chinese painting on glass (now in the breakfast room) were also designed for this room, and both can be attributed to Adam on stylistic grounds, although there are no extant 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.
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