- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
All four drawings catalogued here were exhibited in 'John Soane and the wooden bridges of Switzerland. Architecture and the culture of technology from Palladio to the Grubenmanns', in Mendrisio, Vicenza, Basel and, London, 2002-3. A comprehensive exhibition catalogue published by Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio (in English) 2003, fully describes and discusses these drawings and gives the relevant history of Swiss wooden bridges (see pp.90-5 et passim).
Further literature. P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.325-32; P.du Prey, ‘Eighteenth-century English sources for a history of Swiss wooden bridges’, Zeitschrift fur schweizerische Archaologie und Kunstgeschichte, XXXVI, 1979, pp. 56-7; P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.103-4; G.Darley, John Soane: an accidental Romantic, 1999, pp.54-5
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).
Contents of Switzerland: Bridges at Reichenau, Wettingen, Schaffhausen and an unidentified location, 29-31 May 1780 (4)
- Measured drawings of Reichenau bridge
- Measured drawings of Schaffhausen bridge
- Measured drawings of unidentified bridge and Schaffhausen bridge
- Measured drawings of Schaffhausen and Wettingen bridges