- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The Bishop of Derry's unofficial brief for the dining room indicated dimensions of 24 by 36 feet relating to the Palladians' geometric progression of 16:24:36 that corresponds to the ratio of 4:6:9. In this design, the dimensions when scaled off are 16 x 25 x 50 (38 without the bow). In the next drawing (2) the dimensions are 14 x 22 x 40 (34 without the bow). In drawing 3 the dimensions are 16 x 23 x 45. Drawing 11 has the dimensions 24 and 36 marked and the floor to ceiling height is about 17 feet.
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).