- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
See also drawings 46, 50, 52 and 53 for large size details for three of the chimney-pieces. There seems not to be a drawing for the chimney-piece for 'Mrs Dillingham's Dressing room at Norwich'. Mr Dillingham, presumably had a house in the City of Norwich. When he inherited Letton Hall in 1783 he was a widower (G.Darley, John Soane: an accidental Romantic, 1999, p.66) and subsequently (Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 1934) married again. Hence, the two chimney-pieces for the second Mrs Dillingham's dressing rooms at Letton Hall and in Norwich.
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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