- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
(Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields Augst 11 1798
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The Soane office Day Book for 11 August 1798 gives [George] Mansfield and Seward as working on drawings for Betchworth Castle.
Surveyor 1 May 1797 - December 1808.
Filed with the drawing (other than designs for brew houses and water houses) is another design for an ice house (8/4/5-6) with the same practical cup and dome construction used at Betchworth. Soane published plans and sections for an ice house in Sketches in Architecture, 1793, plate XLIII
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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