- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
This varied series of proposals were initially prepared from autumn 1826 - winter 1827, over the period Soane was repeatedly drafting his Brief Statement of Proceedings as a vindication of his original proposals and his professional competence. The drawings are sequenced together into related schemes, demonstrating the obsessive development of ideas often first couched as a result of the Select Committee's involvement from March - May earlier the same year.
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).
Contents of Retroactive Designs, 1826-29 (48)
- Symmetrical Elevation Variants, July-August 1826 (8)
- Variant Comparatives, August-September 1826 (13)
- Buttressed Corners Scheme, August-December 1826 (6)
- Portico Scheme, 1827 (2)
- Provisonal Titlepage, January 1828 (1)
- "Last Word" Scheme, 1828-29 (18)