- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (11) Margaret Street Octr 2d 1784
12 Entirely drawn by Soane, the only indication of ornament is the Greek fret and plaque with swag over the door. A note indicates that the entablature is to be the same as in Mrs Rowley's room. Other notes mention 'ground' and 'grounds' with a query about omitting them addressed by Soane to himself or Baldwin or the builder? 'Grounds' are the 'Rough wood skeleton frames fixed to solid construction to receive the joiner's work.... The grounds served as screeds to the plastering ...' Soane is probably trying to cut labour costs. The definition used here comes from the Architectural Publication Society's Dictionary of Architecture in 8 volumes edited by Wyatt Papworth, 1852-92.
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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