- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 52 has two sections of the Porter's Lodge, through the centre (right-hand side of drawing) and through the western part of the building (left-hand side). Drawing 2 shows the section lines in plan.
Drawing 53 is an elevation of the buildings, with a section of the wall. The screen wall is apparently already built, as the final design is included in the drawing. The screen wall has a parapet with a rampart walk behind, and a door into the Porter's Lodge. The scrolled acroterion ornament is shown in side elevation.
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).