- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
On the verso of drawing 29 is an interior perspective of the King's Robing Room. It does not relate to the plan shown on the recto. The design shows a shallow cross vaulted ceiling to the fore and a canopy ceiling to the rear with a Corinthian screen separating them. For a corresponding but more finished interior perspective of the King's Robing room see drawing 105.
S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster'. PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 168 puts drawing 29 (with 26 and 27) as scheme 'A3' in Soane's sequence of designs for the House of Lords.
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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