- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Pink wash on the plan indicates proposed building work. Soane's design shows the entrance vestibule altered to have columns framing a square centre, and the walls thickened and blind doors introduced to enforce a symmetry within the space. A staircase spans the back wall of the entrance hall. The rear nine-bay elevation has two two-storey ranges linked by a single-storey range in the centre. This low middle range not only breaks up the elevation but also allows for first-storey windows shedding into the stairwell.
The proposed offices are on axis with the house and surrounding a semicircular court. As shown in the elevation, the offices are one storey and partly obscured by a curving screen wall. The elevation is made symmetrical by a brick wall extending to the west and terminating in a pavilion. A greenhouse and garden room are included to the west, and an ice house is proposed. Pencil alterations to the drawing show a round-headed entrance in the garden 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).