- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The pencil revisions on drawing 22 have been realised in these plans. The Gallery moves to the south west of the College, re-creating the quadrangular plan, open to the east. The Gallery is connected to the College by arcades and the Mausoleum remains on the east side of the Gallery.
There is a staircase drawn in the entrance porch of drawing 23, which would presumably lead up to the Gallery still situated on the first floor of the two-storey range as seen in the preliminary plans. Drawing 24 is a further development of drawing 23. The old women's almshouses and the Gallery are in the same single-storey range. The almshouses are situated along the length of the Gallery. Drawing 25 is close to drawing 24. However the Gallery is set further back towards the west and is connected to the north and south wings by a quadrant arcade.
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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