- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Soane first visited Kelshall Rectory on 5 August 1788. On 20 August, he sent to Mr Waddington four alternative designs for an addition. This drawing is a copy of design 'No 3', proposing a timber addition with two bedrooms and a staircase. Estimates were made but none of the designs were approved. Soane subsequently made designs for a new house, sending proposals to Mr Waddington on 14 September. In November and December, he made further designs for an addition and sent them to the client. The building was completed by July 1789, when Soane was paid his commission of £20. Assuming Soane charged his usual rate of 5%, the building works must have cost £400.
The house still exists today and is relatively unchanged (P. Dean).
For the verso of this drawing, see Gunthorpe Hall, Norfolk: designs for a new house for the Revd Charles Collyer, 1789-90 (10), drawing 1 (q.v.).
Soane's Journal No 1 records that John Sanders (pupil 1784-90), Robert Woodgate (clerk 1788-94) and John McDonnnell (1786-91) made drawings for Kelshall in August 1788.
Madeleine Helmer, 2011
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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