- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
The design of the chapel in this elevation is still at a preliminary stage. Hawksmoor's starting point may have been his sketched elevation and perspective of a peripteral Doric chapel at [7/1]. His turrets, flanking the pediment, are based on those of his revised first enlargement scheme; see [7/2, 3 and 5]. At the next stage in the design, [8/2], he made this level a continuous attic, with turrets above. He then added the dome (see south elevation at Castle Howard, Wren Society, XVII, pl. 51).
In a graphite sketch next to the right side of the turret, Hawksmoor changed the channelling in the necking of the Doric capitals to a line of tall leaves. He used this hybrid Doric and Corinthian capital on his west elevation of the chapel, [8/2].
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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