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Drawings made for exhibition at the Royal Academy, 1793 (2)

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A comparison with drawing 19 and the published elevation (Soane's Sketches in architect ..., 1793) shows that the drawings catalogued here (both for the same design) are more elaborate with, for example, statues in niches and standing figures on the roof. Drawing 19 (about the same size as these drawings) has simple shallow niches while in the others, the ends of the curved walls have niches with two Ionic columns in antis.

The Soane Museum's 1837 inventory (Bailey AB Inventory 1817 Picture Section p.178) has entries for drawing 22(P19) with the date '1791' and for drawing 23 (P22) '1791-92'. In 1793, Soane exhibited at the Royal Academy 'Geometrical elevation and perspective view of the entrance front of a seat of the Marquis of Abercorn's'. It seems very probable that the two drawings catalogued here were those exhibited at the R.A. and are likely to have been made a short time before the hanging day of 23 April 1793.

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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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