- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (23) March 1 1800 (24, 25) March 1st 1800 (27) March 1st 1800 (added)
Drawing 27 was, according to an inscription on the verso, used as demonstration drawing 'No 72' in Soane's sixth Royal Academy lecture where he contrasted a theoretical design for a 'Senate House', made when he was in Italy in 1778-9 with a practical design 'made in advanced life'.
For Soane's student design see: Soane's architectural education: Royal Academy and Italy including measured drawings: Preliminary designs, some by George Dance, final design exhibited at the Royal Academy, record drawing, and perspectives by J. M. Gandy and George Bailey, for a British Senate House 1778-1779 and later (16)
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).