- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 146 was drawn from a south-east viewpoint. It has the L-shaped layout shown on drawings 144 and 145. As indicated by the outline of a gabled extension, a building has clearly been removed from the internal right-angle of this layout. This may have been the 'Office' drawn in red ink on drawing 145. To the east (the right hand side), the Clerk of Works' House extends as far as the ground floor window furthest to the right - this room is the one labelled 'Library' on drawing 144. Beyond this, the old stables run directly on from the Clerk of Works' House (as indicated by the double wooden doors within a large arch).
Drawing 147 shows the west side of the house and in front, the buildings labelled on drawing 145 as the 'Coachouse', 'Harness room' and 'Stable'. There is a horse trough outside the stable. Soane's new Infirmary can be seen to the south, demonstrating its proximity to surrounding buildings which so affected the quality of its air circulation.
Drawing 148 was drawn from the view-point of Paradise Row, showing the north front of the house that adjoins the stables on the left hand (eastern) side . Here the Clerk of Works' House extends as far as the window nearest the left hand side (on the east) (which can again be seen on drawings 144 and 145), beyond which are the stables.
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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