- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (11) Hans Town May 1792 (12) Copy July 9th 1792
Soane worked as Holland's assistant from 1772 to 1778; drawing 11 suggests that the architects shared a more friendly relationship in the 1790s. Soane and Holland both attended the Architects' Club meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern on 29 March 1792. It is possible that they had a discussion about Pembroke Lodge at this time.
An inscription on the drawing refers to Carlton House, which Holland was currently designing (1783-1796). Another note refers to Jean Pierre Theodore Trécourt, a French assistant in Holland's office from 1783.
Drawing 12 is a design for an office range with roughly the same dimensions as the executed building (drawing 13). Unlike the built design, however, the offices are shown as detached from the house and accessed by a covered passage.
Soane met with Lady Pembroke in late June 1792 to discuss the new offices. On 9 July he sent working drawings to Mr Taylor, the brick mason, and Mr Louch, another clerk on site. Construction for the offices began before the end of the month (Journal No 1).
Soane travelled to Richmond on 21 June 1792 where he and Lady Pembroke 'talked over' the alterations and new offices at Pembroke Lodge. He travelled to the cottage again on 25 June. The plans were settled with 'Taylor & Louch' on 1 August ((Louch clerk? Taylor brick mason?))
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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