- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The elevation of the west front in drawing 40 shows the entrance and the almshouses with the back of the Mausoleum lantern behind. The windows are a variation of the seventeenth century design with double mullions set within shallow recessed arches. There is no longer a projecting entrance porch but instead three steps leading up to a rectangular door crowned with a cornice supported by console brackets. The four narrow entrances for the almshouses are also drawn-in, as seen in the previous plans (drawings 33-35). Drawing 41 is an almost identical elevation but with an even simpler entrance with a wider unadorned door set into a recessed arch.
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).