- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
(3) Plan superimposed in pencil with a numbered grid, and in upper left corner in feint pencil illegible inscription that includes by 60 sold to
- (2) J. Soane (3) John Soane / 1803
and engravers: (1,3) Engraved by John Cooke, Engraver to the Hon. Board of Admiralty (2) Francis Edwards
In drawings 1 and 2, feint pencil indicates a street that stretches diagonally from the London Amphitheatre to the Tivoli Corner. In drawing 1 coloured washes highlight the buildings on New Street and on the south side of the London Ampitheatre (site of Bethlehem Hospital). In drawings 2 and 3 the buildings on both New Street and the future Moorgate are highlighted in coloured washes. In drawing 3 the north-west corner of the Bank has been shaded in pen by Soane.
For Dance's design for Finsbury Square for the Corporation of London, dated 1783 and 1789 see J.Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger ...from the Collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, 2003, 1-2, pp.130-2 (SM D4/6/4-5).
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.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).