- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
As the Infirmary had been completed in 1810, these are evidently drawings made for Soane's own records and appear to be part of a larger project. The new Stables were recorded in February - July 1818 (drawings 130 to 138), the Gardener's house in July 1818 (drawings 189 to 201), Soane's Bakehouse in July 1818 (drawings 170-183) and the Secretary's Offices in June 1818 (drawing 212). All of these record drawings are not only dated to a similar period, but also display the same draughtsmanship.
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).