- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 56 is a finished design for the previous working and alternative drawings for the east front. Although the entrance porch mirrors the design of the Mausoleum on the west front, it is wider and only a single-storey structure. There are arched windows within the projecting porch so it does not interrupt the rhythm of the arcade. The raised octagonal skylights are visible. The pediments previously drawn on the end bays are replaced with parapets with further octagonal skylights above.
A perspective of another design for the entrance porch can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 3307.108). This design shows the projecting central bay with a lantern above corresponding entirely with the Mausoleum on the west 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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