Audley Square was created in the late 1740s by widening a portion of Audley Street at its southern end. In 1772 De La Warr commissioned Robert Adam to design a ceiling for one of his rooms at number 9. The exact location of this room is unknown, and Adam's scheme was not executed. The house was demolished at an unknown date, as the only surviving eighteenth-century building within Audley Square is number 3 at the southernmost end of the terrace.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 34, 68; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 179; S. Bradley, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England, 6: Westminster, 2003, p. 572
Frances Sands, 2013
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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Contents of Audley Square, number 9, London: unexecuted designs for a ceiling for 2nd Earl De La Warr, 1772 (4)
- Preliminary design, finished drawing, and record drawings giving two alternatives for a ceiling for an unknown room, 1772, unexecuted (4)