- The drawings of Sir John Soane
The attic in drawing 26 has an opening on the front that allowed light to enter the room, similar to the designs for the triumphal theme (see drawing 15, for example). The large openings on the side of the attic indicate that the attic was probably used as a passage for the rampart walk over the screen wall. Alternatively, the openings could have been a way to shed light inside the attic, thereby illuminating the front-facing window from within.
The distance between the antae is twice the intercolumniation of the portico (see drawings 22 and 23) at approximately 15'9". The architrave measures approximately 30 feet high, slightly taller than the designs in drawings 22 and 23.
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).