- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 140 shows the north wall of the stables and looks into the stable yard, with the Wren buildings visible in the background and the new Infirmary to the side.
Drawing 141 includes Wren's main hospital buildings in the background and in the foreground, Soane's work: the new Stables, Infirmary and Clerk of Work's house. The view point is shown to be a high perspective, from the Paradise Row side.
Drawing 142 shows a very similar aspect to drawing 141 and is probably a worked up presentation drawing of the latter. The same buildings are shown but with the addition of figures: a Pensioner walking along Paradise Row next to the Infirmary wall, a figure turning into the stable road and a horse entering the gate. This perspectives also shows two Infirmaries - the north and south fronts - the latter above and in a fictional position. The Secretary's Offices can also be seen, though the work on the structure must still have been going on at this stage.
The drawings was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1818 (No.908)
Drawing 143 shows the west wall of the stables and the south wall of the new Infirmary, with a garden to the Clerk of Works' House, in the foreground.
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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