- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 4 incorporates the naval decorations Lady Bridport suggested in her letter of 14 January 1815 (see Notes to drawings 2 and 3). The tablet is 3 feet 6 inches wide and 5 feet 4 inches high.
Drawing 4 is dated by George Bailey as '1816' but this date is inacurrate; the drawing was probably made in 1815. It is likely that George Bailey inscribed the date well after it was completed when he served as Soane Museum curator, 1837-1860.
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.
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