- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Thomas Chawner (December 1788-1794)
The brief has changed from that shown in drawing 1 made four months before. The house is now sited to the south, forward of the existing eastern 'Range of Building' and no longer parallel with it. For the house, all is to be new work except at the rear (north) where the existing wall has been kept The elevation shows a two-storey, three-bay building with six giant pilasters and a glazed three-part (south) entrance with semicircular head; the design is a more compact variant of the entrance front to Shottisham (q.v. drawing 20, dated January 1789).
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).