- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 5 must also be a record of site construction, in the same sketch book, showing the same stone foundation wall, with grooves that would presumably have been filled with lead to fix them securely to the adjoining stonework.
The lower perspective of grooved stone-work corresponds to that shown in drawing 4. The details shown in plan and elevation correspond to the main perspective - the upper left indicates the perpendicular grooved masonry block, labelled D on the lower perspective (as does the 'Plan of the stone D'. The plan and section labelled 'AB' both correspond to the central groove labelled 'AB' on the main perspective. The right-hand plan however, shows the segment of wall between two arched windows on the east side of the office, with a pilaster projecting. All of the plans, sections and perspectives correspond to stonework labelled on drawing 3.
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).