- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (8) (Soane) L. I. Fields / 17 April 1811 (9) (Soane) April 1811 (10) (Soane) Lincolns Inn Fields / 17 Ap: 1811 and April 1811 (11) (Soane) L. I. Fields / May 1811
In the second plan the Gallery is clearly labelled in the new south wing opposite the chapel. However in the bird's eye views the Gallery has been moved to the west side of the quadrangle. The Mausoleum is a two-storey cubic structure attached to the south-east corner of the chapel. In his will, Bourgeois had requested that the Mausoleum would be attached to the chapel. However, in the second bird's eye view the location of the Mausoleum is unclear though the inscription states placed with the Gallery, which suggests it is on the west side of the quadrangle. In these first few designs the position of the Mausoleum seems to be of relatively minor importance.
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).