- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 4 shows the distribution of varying types of marble: white statuary marble makes up the inscribed tablet, urn and the aedicule's entablature and pediment; the ends of the base, the Doric columns and parts of the entablature are veined marble; the backing slab is a grey 'Dove' marble.
Soane sent working drawings for the monument to 'Nelson' on 30 September 1786, presumably mason James Nelson, who Soane hired for various projects.
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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