- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The new eating room, measuring 36 by 24 feet, has a ceiling, segmental in section and with an elaborately swagged cove, three French windows on one long side and two doors and a chimneypiece on the opposite long side. Of the two short sides one is panelled and the other has a round-headed alcove in the centre and a door to one side. The (light) French grey panelling was relieved by light pink mouldings.
The new drawing room, also measuring 36 by 24 feet and with three French windows, has a ceiling that is segmental in section and coffered, oval plaques over three doors and a recess, and looking glasses over the chimneypiece and on an end wall. The light pink walls were relieved by the deep pink of the scrolled frieze.
The library, measuring 16 feet 6 inches by 15 feet 6 inches, was re-modelled from a room facing the garden in the old, central part of the house. It is shown as having shelving for books on all sides in an arrangement of slender columns below arched 'Recesses in Coves' that were to be painted light pink while the rest was light green.
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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