- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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- (134) Lincolns Inn Fields / February 1825 (135) Lincolns Inn Fields / 24 Feby 1825 (136) Lincolns Inn Fields / 24th February 1825 / (At Fife House 12 March)
Drawings 135 and 136 form a pair, identified as the second plan shown to Lord Harrowby. In contrast to drawing 134, the second design has a larger Council Chamber with an ante-room at the east end. The Committee Room and Lord President's Room switch places following Soane's instruction on drawing 134 to 'change the disposition' of these rooms. A notable detail of drawing 136 is that it clearly shows a design for a starfish ceiling in the Council Chamber. Also in pencil are columns in the centre of each of the four walls and, on the flier, a section through the ceiling showing the coving of the ceiling and the skylights flanking the chamber on the north and south sides.
Charles Greville (1794-1865) was Clerk of the Privy Council. It was Greville who objected most strongly to Soane's decoration of the Privy Council Chamber (see scheme note). James Buller (1772-1830), described by Greville as 'a very honourable, obliging and stupid man', was clerk in ordinary to the Privy Council. Little is known about John Lichfield (d.1858) in connection with the Privy Council, and even less about 'Mr Humphry'.
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).