- 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.
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Contents of Designs for buildings in the park
- Alternative preliminary design and finished drawings for a gate and lodges on Batchworth Heath, 1763, drawing 11 executed with minor alterations (3)
- Finished drawing for a gate, c1763, unexecuted (1)
- Designs for a farm office building c1763-5, unexecuted (3)
- Preliminary design for a garden temple, c1763-65 (1)
- Designs and finished drawings for a tea pavilion, 1763-65, as executed (5)
- Unfinished preliminary design for a ceiling for the tea pavilion, c1763-65, as executed (1)
- Alternative record drawing and design for a chimneypiece for the tea pavilion, c1763-65, drawing 24 as executed (2)
- Finished drawings for a dog kennel, 1765, unexecuted (2)