- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
In drawing 17, the old stone masonry is exposed at the pedestal of Robert Taylor's screen wall. A Corinthian capital sits in the recess, presumably having been removed from the fluted shaft to its left. Drawing 18 also shows the pedestal, with brickwork partly exposed beneath the stone. The antae on the left-hand side of the drawing appears to be newly built, possibly indicating that construction had already begun in August 1823.
Drawing 19 shows, in both plan and perspective, the iron ties within Robert Taylor's screen wall.
Drawing 20 is a view of the scrolled ornament built in 1765 to connect the Sampson entrance building with the Taylor screen wall. The drawing shows the slight decay of the cornice, at the bottom of the drawing, and the exposed brickwork of the wall.
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).