- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 75 clearly shows the chimney flues in the west wall of the Gallery, coloured in sepia wash; below is a preliminary design for the chimney stack. A developed elevation of the chimney design can be seen in drawing 77.
The heating systems employed in the new building are of particular interest. In 'Heating methods and their impact on Soane's work: Lincoln's Inn Fields and Dulwich Picture Gallery', Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, 52/1, March 1993, pp. 26-58, Todd Willmert writes about the contrast of heating. Similarly with the dramatic variations of light between the bright top-lighting of the Gallery and the dull amber glass lantern of the Mausoleum, there was a juxtaposition between the centrally heated Gallery and the unheated Mausoleum. It was to create a 'critical tension' between 'tomb and art'.
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).