- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The two-storey domed temple design on drawing 3 is the same as that sold to the client, having a hexagonal plan with a paired Doric order projecting at three corners.
Drawings 3 and 4 show alterations made to the drawings in pencil; these alterations, such as round-headed windows on No 4 and projecting apse in the temple, were not part of those designs sent to Denison in April 1786. Drawings 3 and 4, therefore, were made after April 1786 and as documentation of those designs sold to the client.
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).