- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
46 The elegantly moulded hall cornice has mutules and dentils.
47 'Mr Branthwayt' was the owner of Taverham Hall, Norfolk (q.v.), a house that Soane was altering and adding to at this time. The profile of the base and surbase mouldings were presumably copied from drawing 12 (q.v.).
48 Drawings 47 and 48 relate to drawing 12 - plan and laid-out elevations for the drawing room where, for example, the architrave differs having a Greek fret moulding and a tablet with swag or festoon. The example here has, serrated leaf, anthemion and scrolls as motifs.
49 The details for the base and surbase of the library are the same as those for Mr Lewis's drawing room and the entablature and the shutter mouldings for Mr Rowley's dressing room are borrowed from Mr Branthwayt's drawing room and eating room. More interesting is the frieze with bucrania, festoons and paterae taken from the frieze of the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli (see Soane in Italy: measured drawings: Tivoli: Temple of Vesta, 1778-80 and later). As a source, this was very important to Soane and it is an early use of the Tivoli frieze with bucrania. The same motif was used at about the same time for the portico of Malvern Hall, Warwickshire for Henry Greswold Lewis (q.v.) and for an unexecuted scheme for Hereford Street, Grosvenor Square, London for Lord Camelford (q.v.).
50 The rope-like, beaded spiral moulding to the 'frame on the ceiling' in the 'Admirals Room' has a faintly nautical suggesiton about it.
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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