- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The cornice in the bedroom has fluting below an egg and dart motif. The nursery cornice is much simpler.
The dressing room cornice is decorated with masks surrounded by coved elliptical arches. The design is a variation of Soane's eating room ornament at Bentley Priory, which also has drawings dating from August 1790 (drawings 82 to 84 in scheme for Bentley Priory, q.v.). The cornice at Bentley Priory is the same design with the addition of Bacchic references appropriate to its dining room setting, having bearded masks crowned with leafed wreaths and connected to one another by swags heavy with fruit and grape leaves. The cornice in drawing 6 is more appropriate for a dressing room.
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.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).