- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- 24 April 1830 - 3 May 1830
(53) 24th April 1830 and (in Soane's hand) 3d May 1830 (55) L.I.F. / 29 April 1830 and (in Soane's hand) 3d May
Each drawing shows a different design for the attic windows. On drawings 53 and 55 they are inserted between brackets within the cornice, on drawing 56 they are placed more conventionally at the top of the facade and in drawing 54 they are not shown at all - presumably in this design the attic is top-lit.
In drawing 55 the building is crowned with a heraldic sculpture that includes a lion, a shield and a crown. This feature was not executed but a similar decoration was put above the main entrance.
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).