- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
- Undated, but probably dating near beginning of period 1689-94
The pattern of staining on the bottom of this drawing closely matches that on the top of 110/62, demonstrating that they were originally very close together or next to each other in the volume but in contrary positions. The design of the frieze is similar to that in Gibbons's drawings for the Queen Mary's Closet (6/7/1 and 2). As a design it is evocative rather than practical, as it is most unlikely that a scheme of this degree of intricacy (with miniature putti within the foliage) it would have been executed as drawn.
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.
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