- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
2 A GEOMETRICAL ELEVATION OF THE REMAINS OF A TEMPLE AT TIVOLI
3 THE ENTABLATURE OF A TEMPLE AT TIVOLI
4 TIVOLI, THE INSIDE MOVLDINGS OF THE WINDOW, THE OVTSIDE MOVLDINGS OF THE WINDOW,The Soffite of the window
(2) to A SCALE OF ENGLISH FEET ½ in to 1 ft
(3) to A SCALE OF ENGLISH FEET 3 in to 1 ft
(4) ¾ in and 2 ins to 1 ft
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Dance may have been irked by such plagiarism for it is mentioned at least three times in his friend Joseph Farington's diary. Thus (4 March 1810) Farington recorded that Soane 'borrowed Dance's drawing of the Sybils temple at Tivoli & copied it, & hung it up in His House with John Soane written under it, as if the drawing had been originally made by Himself.' (The Diary of Joseph Farington, 16 volumes, 1978-98)
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).