- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
7 Section from C A to D B; Section from A C to B D; elevation of clerestory window; rough plan and section of dome; rough part-section of ceiling, part-section of external wall; and two elevations of round-headed doorway; (verso) Plan of Altar &c and Plan of Vault under Altar; rough section of basement; rough details of coffering; and rough elevation of coffering 8 copy of drawing 6, showing a plan fo the altar and a plan of the vault under the altar
- (6) Welbeck Street, May 6th 1788 (7) Copy May 6th 1788 (8) Lincolns Inn Fields June 12th 1805
Drawing 7 recto shows the addition in section, having a domed ceiling and apsidal ends as executed. The windows and outer wall have been altered in Soane's hand.
Drawing 6 is addressed to Philip Yorke, later 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, at his house in New Cavendish Street, London. Soane's reasoning for sending a working drawing to Yorke is unclear. Yorke was an early patron to Soane. Shortly after meeting in Italy, he commissioned alterations to his estate at Hamels Park, Hertfordshire as well as at his townhouse on New Cavendish Street. Soane also made alterations to Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, when Yorke inherited his title.
Drawing 8 is a copy made by Brinsley Storace. Storace made copies of other built projects in June 1805, such as the entrance hall at Bentley Priory (q.v). This was probably an exercise for his own education. Drawing 8 is attached to another sheet showing an elevation of Cedar Court, Roehampton for John Thomson, 1804-1807.
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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