- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- 19-21 datable to before 6 April 1816 see Notes below
Soane's office Day Book has an entry for 4 April 1816: 'Altering drawing of Monument and Mounting Mr Gandy's' signed by Basevi and again on 5 April 'About drawings of Monument, sent afterwards to the Exhibition'. Soane's Note Book for 26 April 1816 has an entry 'Private View of Exhib: but I cannot go! Alas poor Eliza, you always went thither on this day!'.
Soane exhibited two drawings of the monument at the Royal Academy (R.A. exhibition Nos 799 and 810) and it is assumed that these were drawings 20 and 21.
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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