- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
See also Soane's sketchbook (in Sketchbooks catalogue): Italian Sketches 1779 (volume 39) 11recto for an X-plan, and domed elevation probably made between 4 and 5 of January 1779.
Dance's designs (drawings 8-10) are rougher and quite different in character from the previous ones and presumably came after Soane's return to London in the summer of 1780. Perhaps in the course of a discussion of Soane's unresolved design which he may have intended finalising and exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1781.
Related drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum: see P.du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, in series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum), catalogue 12,13
Literature. P. du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.243-54; P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.177-93; M.Richardson & M.Stevens (eds), John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, p.107
Jill Lever, August 2005
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 Designs for a 'Castello d'acqua', August 1779-1780, with later rough alternative designs by George Dance (10)
- Alternative rough designs, and letter with further alternative rough designs sent by Soane to Thomas Pitt from Milan, August 1779 (3)
- Design and variant design (3)
- Revised design
- Rough alternative designs by George Dance (2)
- Rough design by George Dance differing from Nos 8-9