- The drawings of Sir John Soane
Drawing 40 shows an earlier design than drawing 39, with a shorter attic. Erasure marks suggest a taller attic pedesal with a domed cap, and pilasters flanking the attic's first tier. An additional tier is include in drawing 41, with panelled pilasters framing a segmental opening.
The height of the portico in both drawings is the same as earlier portico designs (drawings 24 to 33), measuring at approximately 30 feet from the ground to the bottom of the entablature.
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).