- Robert and James Adam office drawings
In execution there were steps leading up to the door behind the screen, and these steps are not shown in either of these drawings. The Dying Gaul sculpture which was placed in the hall is replaced in Adam volume 39/71 with a reclining female nude, and transported to the Diocletian opening rather than being at ground level.
Around the walls of the hall there were originally six white-painted stools, made by Linnell in 1764, and designed by Adam, although there is no extant drawing. They were modelled on an antique bath which appears in Piranesi's Campo Marzi dell Antica Roma (1762).
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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