- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
In the fabric, access to the colonnade that faces King Charles II Building is from a flight of steps between the line of paired columns and the north wall of the hall. This flight of steps dates soon after 3 September 1713, when Hawksmoor was instructed to 'prepare an Estimate of making the Steps up into the Colonnade at the West and North of the Portico of the great Hall, and finishing the said Colonade, as far as the Hall extends' (Wren Society, VI, p. 68). That these steps are a later alteration to the fabric can be seen from the lack of alignment between their courses of masonry and those of the front wall of the colonnade.
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).