In 1790 Lord Barrymore bought a plot on Piccadilly, and commissioned Robert Adam to make designs for a 32- by 85-foot terraced house, three doors down from Apsley House at Hyde Park Corner. The idea was presumably to provide a London home, as Barrymore was, at the time, pursing a political career. Barrymore’s house was never built, most likely owing to his financial difficulties, and he gave up the plot in May 1792 around the time of his bankruptcy.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 44, 62; D. King, The complete works of Robert and James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 130; History of Parliament online: 'Barry, Richard, 7th Earl of Barrymore [I] (1769-93), of Wargrave-on-Thames, Berks.'
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.
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).