- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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- (150) March 3d 1825 (151) L.I.F. / March 4th / 1825
The verso of drawing 151 has part of a design for alterations of 1790 to Steephill for Wilbraham Tollemache. The sheet was cut in half and reused for the Privy Council design. It is quite remarkable that the gap between the two drawings (recto and verso) is some 35 years. The verso has in pencil rough designs for part of the ceiling of the new Privy Council Chamber. It shows a coved ceiling springing from a pier and a skylight to the left. Soane's designs for Steephill were catalogued by Madeleine Helmer in 2012 (q.v. Country Houses etc.: Steephill, Isle of Wight: (not executed) alterations for Wilbraham Tollemache later 6th Earl of Dysart, 1790).
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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