- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Soane's architectural education: Royal Academy and Italy including measured drawings: 1770-1780
5 Elevation and section
6 Elevation of variant design and (feint pencil) part elevation
5 bar scale of 1/16 in to 1 ft labelled English feet
6 bar scale of 1/20 in to 1 ft
5 LO SPACCATO D'VN DISEGNO PER VN CASTELLO D'ACQUA and L'ELEVAZIONE D'VN DISEGNO PER VN CASTELLO D'ACQVA
6 (on a tablet) JACOBUS INFANTA DI PARMA and pedestal to fountain labelled 40:0
Labruzzi (if it is he) also added similar finishing touches to a variant elevation (drawing 6) that set the Castello d'acqua in a piazza (a requirement of the Parma Academy's competition). Here, the dome is slightly steeper and plain masonry replaces the rustication shown in drawing 5, the order is now Roman rather than Greek Doric and, rather strikingly, six naked figures sit on the parapet above the entablature holding a festoon; the seven standing figures with urns shown in drawing 5 are omitted.
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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