- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (106) A. Mee, 1st April 1818 (107) A. Mee, April 2d 1818 (108) 2nd April 1818 (109) A. Mee, 3rd. April 1818
Drawing 106 shows a small detail of a baluster, although it does not obviously correspond to any part of the elevation shown. Rather it appears to be from the skyline ornament on the north side, shown in drawing 113 - a pedestal supporting a lion and unicorn on either side of a crowned oval (presumably intended for a coat of arms), the whole of which is framed on either side by a low balustrade.
Drawing 106 may well be a preliminary sketch, the finished version of which would be drawing 122. The west bay has three blind arches at ground floor level and three shorter versions at the first storey. This is the projecting bay. The sunken bays behind, the main east to west stretch of the building, indicate a short door and the eastern-most bay with blind arches (centre of the first floor and the outer two on the ground floor).
Drawing 107 (corresponding to drawing 116) shows the west elevation, excluding the projecting wing. Blind arched windows are indicated again. The foul ward and a washroom were probably on this side, according to plans 52 and 56. Drawing 108 also corresponds to the other part of the west elevation, shown in drawing 116. Drawing 109 is similar, although showing the east side. A marginal detail shows part of the cornice and brick work, with a stone panel shown as a detail in drawing 107.
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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