- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawings 30 and 31 show working drawings for the lodge. Drawing 30 includes a section of the lodge as through the entrance porch and centre of the building. The drawing is unfinished, with only a feint pencil line to indicate the roof. The section and plan show a flat ceiling with a hexagonal opening in the centre for the lantern. The built design, however, has vaulted ceilings in both the portico and centre room.
The walls of the basement are brick and stand 7 feet high. As indicated in drawings 38 and 39, the lodge was built on an incline. The basement has windows and a door leading to the area behinid the building. A pencil addition to the plan on drawing 30 shows a privy attached to the exterior wall.
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.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).