Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  "Last Word" Scheme, 1828-29 (18)



"Last Word" Scheme, 1828-29 (18)


Design Note:-
This group of drawings dates from mid-December 1828 - August 1829 and reflects the summation of ideas previously explored in the ‘Symmetrical Elevations’ drawings of July-August 1826. SM 53/8/69 is the earliest surviving drawing, dated 15 December 1828 and in Charles Richardson’s hand. It pulls together the earlier experiments of composition into an elevation intended to harmonize with Westminster Hall, but display the latter a degree of deference. This was worked up into a perspective elevation by George Bailey on 14 February 1829 (SM 53/6/7), which would ultimately provide the template for Joseph Gandy’s highly worked perspective view P264.

The internal disposition of the reconstructed range to the east of Westminster Hall was drawn by Richardson from 10-12 February 1829 (SM 53/6/2 and SM 53/6/3); the latter demonstrating the provisions for storing the Law Court records, then still temporarily housed in Westminster Hall. Interspersed with drawings for this final vindication of Soane’s compromised work at Westminster are proof engravings which illustrate this scheme (e.g. SM 53/6/9 and SM 53/8/10-11). These appear to relate to Soane’s Brief Statement of Proceedings, the gestation and publication of which is exceptionally complicated, though where a correlation with these engravings and drawings is clear, it has been identified in the drawings note.



If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

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 "Last Word" Scheme, 1828-29 (18)