- Published Work: Soane/Baroque/Adam/other architects
There were other forms of the trophy extant in Rome in the eighteenth century, such as those now in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, then in the Villa Medici. In addition, there were the trophy reliefs on Trajan's columns that were recorded by Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) as 'différentes recherches sur les armes, le costume et les différentes instruments des anciens; ces différentes pièces sont puisés d'après des bas reliefs des statuës et des pientures antiques où d'après des desseins fort ancien et fort rare qui avoient été puisés dans la même source'. (For an account of the acquisition of this collection by Catherine II, see 'Un asyle glorieux' in Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg, catalogue of an exhibition held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p.66-72). There is another series of small trophy compositions in Adam vol.7/71, and panels based on the theme in Adam vol.19/98-99 by Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) of 1766, with similar compositions by him also of 1766 in album 5 of the Hardwick Drawings in the RIBA (see 5/28; see J. Lever, Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, L-N, London, 1973).
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).