- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
A list of projects is on the verso of drawing 38, probably referring to projects underway at the time of this drawing: 'Mr Scott: Plans, Mr Praed's Plans, Villa (?) Stables, Sections of Cambridge'. The list may be referring to the following projects: Tyringham House for Mr Praed, 1792 to 97; Dunninald House for David Scott, 1787-1795; and Caius College, Cambridge, 1792. This list therefore dates the drawing to after 1792. Soane exhibited drawings of Dunninald House and Tyringham at the Royal Academy in 1798 (RA catalogue numbers 1006 and 960, respectively).
The front elevation (drawing 41) is the same as earlier designs (drawing 31), buth with a variant iron gate design. The coat of arms, in the centre of the parapet, is left unfinished in drawing 41.
The pencil labelling appears to be added later and to the entire volume, with dates that are only approximate.
The staircase is shown in section on drawing 42, with the railing omitted. The vestibule is three storeys high, with medallions decorating a frieze between the first and attic storeys.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has five drawings for the staircase at Buckingham House, including a plan of the staircase and four sections. Two drawings of the front Doric portico are also at the V&A, as is a front elevation. The elevation of the portico shows lions' head waterspouts above the triglyphs (see du Prey catalogue).
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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