- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (76) datable to mid-1812 (77) C Tyrrell
n the right hand side of drawing 76 is an unrelated detail, drawn to a different scale. It seems to be a profile of a chimney stack, but not as executed. It is drawn to the same proportions as the elevation but shows different mouldings and structure. This was perhaps drawn first as an alternative preliminary design sketch, and then the elevation was drawn fully dimensioned as a working drawing to be used on site.
Drawing 77 shows the chimney stack for the west front above the almshouses, as executed corresponding to the elevation on the recto of drawing 76. It is a record drawing copied from the working drawing, at a later date.
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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