- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawings 2 and 3 show the alterations and additions proposed in 1793: a new kitchen and wash-house/laundry added to the back of the house, with new stables at the rear of the garden. Drawing 3 shows the ground floor addition of a bedroom at the back, apparently over the two-storey kitchen (reduced to one storey in drawings 4-5). The single-storey flat-roofed areas are the stables and the laundry as well as the two privies in the garden.
Drawings 4-6 were made two years later. The proposed stables with eight stalls and a coach house are the same as in drawing 2 but the kitchen and laundry are more compactly arranged so that they take up less of the garden. On the ground floor, the proposed stair that was geometrical (drawing 3) is now quarter-turn with landing and the added bedroom has gone (drawing 5) but returns on drawing 6.
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).