- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Drawing 83 is not dated but is quite close to the relevant part of drawing 66 (plan of ground floor) that has the date of 19 March 1818. What is seen is first, is a passageway that comes after the entrance and entrance hall, then the Cenotaph with its circular opening to the first floor and dome and, at the back, the space for Pitt's statue. Here, a rectangle of pale blue wash, repeated on each side of the central area, indicates skylights or lanterns, that is, some form of top-lighting.
Drawings 84 and 85, dated 27 October 1818 and 2 November 1818 respectively, are the same as drawing 46, dated 20 December 1817 (q.v.).
Drawing 86 is close to drawing 67, a plan of the ground floor that, though undated, is likely to be the executed design or close to it. Drawing 86 shows four of the five bays of the front elevation, the entrance is in the second bay from the left and precedes the hall, passageway and then the Pitt Cenotaph.
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).