- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
However, no other drawings exist of the twin-domed scheme. Though it would have amply lit the hall, the broad span of the arches would have presented structural difficulties and its binary parti went against Soane's hierarchical composition aesthetic. With this sheet, Soane may simply have wanted to try out all his options, and perhaps had been following up on the suggestion for a twin-domed hall made in one of Dance's studies, drawing 61.
The sheet has been folded six times and identified on its outside by the verso inscription, probably for ease of storage and also transport to and from Soane's Great Scotland Yard and Bank offices.
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).