- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
- 1 1692; 2 1640s-50s
The style of drawing and handwriting are similar to those on Hawksmoor's early drawings for Greenwich Hospital in 1694-95, e.g. the preliminary designs for the 'Side Step' scheme at All Souls (Geraghty, 2007, cat. nos. 186, 187). Hollar's drawing may be connected with his preparatory drawings for the Long View of London from Bankside, published in Amsterdam in 1647, or his bird's-eye view of this part of London, c.1660, where the entire Savoy Hospital is shown in perspective (see Colvin, Kings Works III, pl. 12).
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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