- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
3 Elevation next the Lawn
The front and back elevations show a substantial wing of offices hidden behind a grove of trees. Erasure marks on drawing 3 show an alternative design for the back elevation, with additional windows and a lead roof. Erasure marks also occur on drawing 2. The finished elevations show a three-storey house beneath a thatched roof. The attic storey is a proposed addition, as indicated in drawing 4.
A flier on the ground floor plan (drawing 1) has alternative arrangements for the water closet entry and the adjacent door into thouse. Both face the exterior. The design beneath the flier shows the entrances recessed, thus providing more privacy and protection to those communicating betwen the two doors.
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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