- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
George Saunders (1762-1839) was an architect listed in H.Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects. Saunders is also mentioned in connection with Soane in A. T. Bolton, The Works of Sir John Soane, 1924, in which there is a footnote (p. 151) - 'But dining with my friend Saunders this day, both our indignations were roused ...' It is possible that Soane put Saunders up to writing this paper or Saunders may have submitted his suggestions independently of Soane. C.G.T. Dean states that George Saunders was 'an architect whose advice was also sought, [who] regarded Walpole House as quite unsuitable, and endorsed Soane's opinion that the proposed infirmary should be built on the best available site, which was that intended for Colonel Gordon's house, overlooking the river'. His proposal in plans 15 and 16 faces the west court however. This would have meant further demolition of existing Wren buildings, to which Soane objected, stating that 'to destroy any more of the original buildings must be matter of very serious regret'.
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).