- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Office of Works
- London: Palace of Westminster: designs for alterations and additions, 1793-1828 (499)
- Office of Works
- Lincolns Inn Fields May 1826
In his The Palace of Westminster: surveyed on the Eve of the Conflagration 1834 (2011, p.27) M.H.Port describes the physical limitations of the existing Commons Chamber: '[it] measured 61 feet by 32 feet, and could seat some 342, allowing 2 ft per Member, in the body of the House, and a further 54 in four cramped rows under the Strangers' Gallery with another 150 in the Galleries, allowing 18 inches there, or 112 at 2 ft each.' This added up to 546 Members of Parliament out of a total of 658.
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).