- The drawings of Sir John Soane
In drawing 23, the plan includes a second column added at an angle to the main face. Soane's alterations to the elevation include a frieze of ox-heads and garlands, a unique feature of the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli (M. Richardson, 'John Soane and the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli', Architectural History, vol. 46, 2003, p.131). A pediment crowns the attic and an alternative attic pedestal is shown in feint pencil. Feint erased pencil lines on drawing 22 show a similar domed cap.
At 7'10½", the intercolumniation is 1½" narrower than Soane's preliminary design (drawing 21). The bottom of the architrave is approximately 29'4" from ground level, slightly shorter than subsequent drawings.
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).