- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The sections of drawing 24 show the arches that pierce the pendentive dome, supporting the circular lantern above. The top section appears to be of the trunk arch and the bottom section of the groin arch. Coloured wash is used to highlight particular structural elements of the arches such as the stone springer and vaulting of common stock brick.
The inscription on drawing 25 refers to the decision to have twelve caryatids to support the perimeter of the lantern dome. These are sculpted female figures used as architectural supports instead of columns with entablature above. Pink wash is used to indicate the location of each caryatid around the oculus of the dome.
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).