- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
2 Part plan of a stucco ceiling after one at the Villa Hadriana
3 Part plan of a ceiling with compartments decorated with figures from Greek mythology including Hercules, centaurs and Neptune
It seems that these three drawings are by Manocchi, bought by Soane in about 1780. Two of the plans show ceilings that survive in good condition in the Villa Pamphili later Doria Pamphili and sometimes known as the Villa del Bel Respiro; sited to the south-west of the centre of Rome just outside the Porta San Pancrazio (Via San Pancrazio). The Villa was built 1644-52 by Alessandro Algardi (1595-1654) better known as a sculptor, who also designed the summer theatre and several fountains.
For another drawing by Manocchi see Italy: Tivoli: Hadrian's Villa: drawing 4
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).