Inscribed in ink on drawing 142
verso inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand glia Ld Hoptn - 17. 5 pauls / self 5.8 /
Signed and dated
Undated, possibly summer 1755
Medium and dimensions
155 x 247
Capricci in pen and black chalk showing two elevations of an apsidal building with shallow dome and flanking bays, one being a version of the other. Below are two profiles of a frieze and a cornice.
The reference to Lord Hopetoun on the verso probably dates this drawing to the summer of 1755 when Robert Adam was in correspondence with him from Rome about a chimneypiece (see K. Eustace, 'Adam, Clérisseau, Rysbrack and the Hopetoun Chimneypiece', Burlington Magazine, vol.CXXIX, 1997, p.752). The plans and elevations on recto and verso of this sheet are for the same scheme and a variation on those in Adam vol.55/120; similar exercises are found in volume 9 (see Adam vol.9/13 and 68).
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation
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