- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The empty Rotunda is also reminiscent of ruins depicted by Piranesi, for example Tempio della Tosse, near Tivoli and Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli (plates 70 and 90, respectively, J. Wilton-Ely). The engravings show rotundas partially stripped of the interior facing, for example the masonry surrounding the doors is exposed. The interior ornament of the Rotunda is reminiscent of the exposed masonry, with abstracted incised wavy lines accentuating the masonry of the arches, the rings around the oculs and the ceiling.
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).