Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [14] Design for plaster finishings to the drawing room, 12 July 1791


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM 6/1/7

Reference number

SM 6/1/7


[14] Design for plaster finishings to the drawing room, 12 July 1791


Section of drawing Room; Plan of fluting; detail of a spandrel; detail of the ceiling mouldings


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot, full size; (verso) bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Full size as given to Mr Papworth, 1:3 (five times), Wimple, 1¼ (twice), Sunk / 2 In, 3"

Signed and dated

  • 12 July 1791
    July 12 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, brown pen on cartridge paper with three fold marks and traces of red sealing wax (656 x 531)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane and attributed to Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)
Attributed to Pupil 1788-94 Thomas Chawner, draughtsman
Soane and attributed to Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)


The section on drawing 14 shows a taller room than earlier designs (drawings 6 and 7). Although the apsidal ends are as high as the semicircular arches, the ceiling at the crossing in the centre of the room is raised on coving over crescent stilting pieces and false pendentives. This extra height was probably necessary to raise the lantern above the surrounding rooftops (as on drawing 4). The section has unexecuted designs for the finishings, but the drawing's margins contain a preliminary design for the fluted coving of the final design.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

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).