- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 155, a plan of the basement, shows three staircases, the stair to the east (left) was part of old house (as can be seen on drawing 144 and 145). Soane has added a new stair to the south (which was probably the main stair) and an additional external staircase to the basement, on the far west (right) side. The majority of Soane's additions project to the south.
Drawing 156 shows the ground floor, with alterations including the southern extension, as well as additions to the east and north fronts of the old house. The drawing room shown on this plan has been partitioned off (a thin line in yellow wash) to create a passage and access to the chamber and eating room.
Drawing 157 shows considerable additions to the upper floor. The middle part of the house can be seen, from the elevations (drawings 161, 163-165) to continue into an attic storey and this is indicated on drawing 159 by the central stairs leading up. The twin south extensions are shown but these only have basement and ground floors. Drawing 157 shows the flat roofs projecting below the windows of the chamber floor shown.
Drawing 158 shows the timber roof structure, directly over the south-west corner room (on drawing 157). This plan is very similar to the beam structre shown in drawing 146, which is for the same portion of the house (though a different storey).
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).