- The drawings of Sir John Soane
In drawing 30 the four columns are raised on a single podium. The separate pedestals supporting the twin columns on each side have a door beneath them. The attic is the same as that shown in drawing 29 but with urns at the corners and a more decorative and enlarged domed cap.
Drawing 31 also shows the portico raised on a single podium. An arched door is in the middle of the podium partly below street level. The attic is similar to the design in drawing 30, but with three panels separated by panelled pilasters; the domed cap has an Iionic finial perhaps after that of the Choragic Monumnent of Lysicrates, Athens.
The intercolumniation for all three drawings is the same as the other portico designs (drawings 22 to 28) at 7'10½.
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).