- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (51) L.I.F. Feb: 4: 1804 (52) 1804
Drawings 52 and 53 are very similar but, in addition to the subtle variation in door casings and rustication, drawing 52 varies by its omission of any columns framing the entrance. Drawing 53 shows the Doric order as constructed. As shown, the Doric columns were all of different proportions, maintaining the same diameter as their heights shifted in the multi-level Vestibule. The result is less than satisfactory. Drawing 52 shows a perspective of the Vestibule without the columns.
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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