- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- Office of Works
- Lincolns Inn Fields March 1825
'When the model was made, forming one unbroken line, the whole extent of the Board of Trade and the Privy Council Office, it was observed, that it would produce a monotonous effect. I did not think so; great unbroken lines occur in all the best examples of antiquity, and many of the most celebrated works in Italy have the same character, such as the Stoppani Palace [the Palazzo Vidoni Caffarelli] by Raphael, the little Farnese Palace, and many others. In order to take off from what was considered the monotonous effect of the unbroken line of entablature shown in the model, I was directed to make a projecting pavilion next Downing Street; and subsequently I was directed to make a design to continue a similar portico in the front of the Office of the Secretary of State for the Home department.'
Drawing 165 is signed as approved by Lord Liverpool and Frederick Robinson, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
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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