- Robert and James Adam office drawings
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 House: designs for the library, little drawing room, great parlour, great drawing room, and a dressing room
- Alternative design, finished drawing and record drawing for the ceiling of the library, 1763-64 (3)
- Preliminary design for the library, c1763, executed with alterations (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece for the library, 1763, unexecuted (1)
- Preliminary design and finished drawing for the ceiling and recess ceiling of the little drawing room, 1763 and 1765, Adam volume 11/100 executed with minor alterations (2)
- Preliminary design or rough working drawing for a table, possibly for the little drawing room, c1765-85 (1)
- Designs for a chimneypiece for the great drawing room, 1763, 1765, Adam voluke 22/131 executed with alterations (2)
- Working drawing for a candlestick, c1763-85 (1)
- Designs for chimneypieces, possibly for a dressing room, 1765 (2)
- Finished drawing for a pedestal, 1765 (1)
- Record drawings for friezes for the great parlour, the drawing room screen, and the drawing room (1)