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21v (SM volume 80)


21v (SM volume 80)


Pastorini (? Benedetto Pastorino, 1746?-1803?, who engraved the plates for Robert Adam's Designs for Vases and Foliage, issued 1761-2, and some of the plates for Works in Architecture, 1773-9, 1822, see RIBA Early Printed Books, 1478-1840) called on me to tell of / his Affair with Mr Dance, & to / desire me to go to him in his / behalf, for which purpose he / instructed me in what he wished / to have said, amongst other / conversation said that two days / before the Publication of the / Plate he sold it to (Anthony) Torre a / Printseller (and publisher of St James's) for Twenty Guineas / that two days after the Publication / he came to town & called on Torre



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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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