- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawings 143 and 144, of the entrance front, are evidently unfinished and thus lacking in some detail. However, the front elevation is very close to the executed design, even down to the lion-relief roundels and central square relief.
All of the drawings apart from 142 include a lantern surmounting the roof, drawn in pen. This would have lit the attics from above. Although the lantern does not exist today, the support for it does, and it must have been the sole means of lighting the attic rooms at the time.The lawn front shown in drawing 145 is akin to the finished design, with the large rectangular windows of the basement and the balcony flanked by square blocks (to which Soane would add a conservatory).
Charles Malton was the son of Thomas Malton (1752-1804), but the only information available about the former is that he won the RA silver medal in 1807, as stated in Howard Colvin's A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840.
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 Final design and preliminary presentation drawings for the exterior largely as executed, 22 May - 16 August 1802 (4)
-  Final design and preliminary presentation drawing for the exterior largely as executed, 22 May 1802
-  Final design and preliminary presentation drawing for the exterior largely as executed, 12 August 1802
-  Final design and preliminary presentation drawing for the exterior largely as executed, 22 May - 16 August 1802
-  Final design and preliminary presentation drawing for the exterior largely as executed, 14-16 August 1802