- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Stage IV of the design for the Soane monument (drawings 13-23) shows the monument raised on a plinth and with enclosing walls that were to become more elaborate in Stage V. An important element of Stage IV is the proposal for a gateway to the sunken area or pit in front of the vault, on the west side. Whether this was intended to have a stair or had a stair that has since been removed, is not known (see Notes to drawings 9-12). In execution, the gateway was 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.
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).