- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Soane's architectural education: Royal Academy and Italy including measured drawings: 1770-1780
No entries were sent in and the same subject was set in 1774 with the added inducement of scholarships to Italy or Greece. The two-stage examination (see Design for a Temple of Mars) was passed by three students, among them Soane. He, however, got only one out of seventeen votes and thus came a very poor third. In the 1775 Royal Academy annual exhibition, Soane exhibited an 'Elevation for a town house' and a 'Section through the hall' and these must relate to the set of drawings for the 1774 competition. They have not survived and the drawings catalogued above are copies or record drawings by an unidentified pupil, presumably made from the originals, probably in the 1790s (watermark).
Soane's design was for a nine-bay house with 12 giant engaged columns on the front. Internally, there is a double-return stair, an elliptical, top-lit tribune and the back has a bow at each end.
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).