- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- August 1792
Great Scotland Yard 1792
Datable to August 1792 in accord with drawing 1 and Daybook entry
attributed to Thomas Chawner (pupil 1788-94)
The margins of the sheet have alternative designs for larger garden buildings. One has a two-storey building fronted by a colonnaded loggia and between hothouses.
The office Daybook of 1792 records that Thomas Chawner and Frederick Meyer were 'drawing sections of Hot house at Wimp[o]le' on 15 August. Soane delivered to Lord Hardwicke a design for the hothouse the next day, together with drawings of 'parts at large', probably drawing 2. Soane notes in the book that the drawings were returned.
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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