- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 36 is a preparatory perspective for the presentation views of drawings 37-39. It is a sketch design, drawn by Soane, which he then would have explained before handing the drawing over to a pupil to draw up to scale as a finished design.
Drawing 39 is possibly the drawing exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1812 (RA No. 810). It was titled 'Design for a Mausoleum to the memory of Sir F. Bourgeois, and a Gallery for the reception of his collection of pictures bequeathed to Dulwich College' (A. Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of contributors and their work, from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, 1970, pp. 201). Although it is close to drawings 36-38 from July 1811, it is possible that this perspective was drawn at a later date in 1812 for exhibition to illustrate an attractive design. It is drawn on a smaller sheet of paper and then mounted onto a larger sheet as a border for presentation. It was drawn by Joseph Michael Gandy, who was an assistant in the office from 1798 to 1801 and then he became an architectural perspective draughtsman and colourist until 1830. Soane does record in his note book entry for 12 October 1812 'Mr Gandy sent me a draw'g of D. Gall: as a present'.
These views also include the arcade seen in the previous plans, drawings 33-35, as a series of unadorned aches running along the east front.
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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