Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  7v (SM volume 40) Gateway
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image 7v (SM volume 40) Gateway

Reference number

7v (SM volume 40) Gateway


7v (SM volume 40) Gateway


Rough elevation of a rusticated gateway with segmental central arch flanked by 2 lesser semicircular-headed arches, decorated with an obelisk, cannon balls heaped up above raised tablets and with an iron gate - the design has a military air. The inscription Peacock may refer to James Peacock (1738?-1814), architect, surveyor, George Dance's lifelong assistant and the man who introduced Soane to Dance and thus helped to launch his career. The military character of the design may be related to the Honourable Artillery Company for whom Dance made a design for new gates and piers (1783) for their new boundary wall in City Road (D. Stroud, George Dance, architect, 1741-1825, 1971, p.137 and see also P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.28-9).



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

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).