- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
52 Elevation and details for Chimney Piece for / Mr Dillinghams / Bed room
53 Elevation and details of / The Chimney piece for Mr Dillingham's Chamber at Letton
(52) as above, Moldings for Chimney Piece, These Pateras, Gulochi (Guilloche) / and Husks will be sent / from London, Letton Hall, labelled depth of flute (three times), Frize Line, Face of Marble, Line of Marble, Wall Line, Veind Marble, Slab of veined Marble and some dimensions given
(53) as above
The chimney-piece has panel pilasters with bell-flower drops on the jambs and a fluted frieze. Drawings 52 and 53 show the same design. Though the latter is inscribed by Soane the nicely finished drawing is probably not by by him.
See also drawing 57 for a related drawing made for the fabricator of composition mouldings.
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.
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