- The drawings of Sir John Soane
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Drawing 19 has 'trunk arch' inscribed in Soane's hand to describe part of the vaulted corridors. The Architectural Publication Society’s Dictionary of architecture, published in 1852, defines a Trunk arch as 'one of which only the intrados, and not the face, is seen'. The arches in drawing 19 are 6'3" wide. 'Trunk arch' is also inscribed on drawings for the Consols Transfer Office (Sm volume 74/54, 57 & 59 (drawings 11, 14 & 16 in scheme 2:9).
Drawing 20 is also inscribed by Soane and concerns the York ledger foundations. Soane has written 'Qy which will give / most light?', indicating that he is mindful of providing the most light possible in the basement.
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).