- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (102) L.I.F. 6h Augt 1824 (103) 9th Augst 1824 (105) Lincolns Inn Fields / 11th August / 1824
'The verso of drawing 102 seems to be a rough sketch of a cast of Antinous as Bacchus taken from the Lansdowne Antinous in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (M827), later trimmed and reused for the Board of Trade drawing. M827 was in the collection by 1825 when it is shown in a watercolour of the Dome Area. The downcast gaze of the bust is distinctive, as is the indication of the curly hair / ivy wreath - which on an initial glance at the sketch looks like hair. The identification is not conclusive - the top of the bust appears in the wrong relationship to the head and the chin is perhaps a little too pointed - but the sketch was rejected and reused.' (Helen Dorey, October 2013)
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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