- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
There are copies (made by John Sanders, a Soane pupil from 1 September 1784 to 1790) of two letters from Soane to Francis Adams, sent on 25 February and 30 March 1784 in 'Precedents in Architecture 1784' , 17 recto & verso,18 recto, volume 41. These are concerned with rents and accounts.
Related manuscript material in Soane's Notebooks, Account Book 1781-6, Abstract of Bills 1782 and Journal 1781-1797.
For a full discussion of the design and construction of Adams Place see du Prey, op.cit.
Jill Lever, November 2008
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).