- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
If scaled at 20 feet to 1 inch, the columns would be 3 feet in diameter (as in [8/4]) and the tower would be about 160 feet high. In plan it is not far removed from the square structure with extruded square corner bastions and a central four-column structure in the RIBA block plan of the second enlargement scheme (reprd. Hart 2002, fig. 8).
Similarities between this design and the plan of the dome in [8/4, 5 and 6] led Arthur Bolton to speculate that it was intended for the chapel [8/1] and [8/3] (109/64 and 61). The draughtsman T. Raffles Davison reconstructed the tower in this context in Wren Society, VI, p. 86.
On the back of the sheet is a sketch by Hawksmoor in pen and brown ink of a draped female standing figure. It may be a design for a statue on the tower.
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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