- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 71: the house and kitchen are not shown as connected to this presumably second phase of drainage. There is an entry in SM Journal No.1 for 5 March 1788, p.13, 'Sent by Mr Neill 1 drawing of / Drains, 1 do of Stench Traps / for the Workmen on ½ a Sheet / of Royal Paper each'.
Drawing 72: the double door is 4 feet 5 3/8 inch wide and 8 feet 9½ inches tall. The bottom of the door, up to a height of 2 feet 6 inches is wood panelled and above are glass panels.
Drawings 73-74: the pedestal is 1' 0' / Square and 2' 10¼' high and supports a lamp with lyre-shaped brackets.
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).