- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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 John Soane junior (1823-1848) [grandson], Sketchbook containing early studies in perspective, w/m: J. Whatman/1837. Marbled boards, leather spine (270 x 375)
-  Design for the ceiling of the front room, September 1801
-  Rough designs for the entrance, 29 September 1801
-  Working drawing for the impost over the entrance door, 13 October 1801
-  Design for the basement, 13 October 1801
-  Design for the front room, October 1801
-  Design for the ground floor, 22 October 1801
-  Design for the one pair floor, October 1801
-  Design for the chamber floor, 22 October 1801
-  Design for the attics, 22 October 1801
-  Design for the front room, 6 November 1801
-  Design for the back room, 7 November 1801
-  Design for the back room on the one pair floor, 1802