- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Soane's Account Book 1781-86 has entries under Dashwood (p.49) that begin on 20 April 1784 'At Cockley Cley. Took a / Plan of the House & Offices' and, 3 June, 'Sent a design a sheet of / paper / plan and Elevation'. Further entries mention a design for two cottages and on 17 May 1786 'Sketch of Alterations to Offices'.
Soane's Ledger A has under Dashwood (pp.24-25, 64) entries that start on 20 April 1784 and continue to 18 July 1790 when there is an entry: 'Left a drawing of a design for Addns / to Offices on a sheet of Cartr[idge] / Paper and two layovers (sic) the / whole mak[in]g 3 designs'. An entry for 10 August 1790 has 'Sent two designs for Alterations / and Additions to Offices each / on a sheet of Copy Paper [£]15.15.0'. Presumably four copies were made in all - two for the client and two for the office.
Sold by the Dashwood family early in the nineteenth-century, the house and offices were rebuilt in an Italianate style, 1870-71.
Jill Lever, June 2009
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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