- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
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 Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (Nicholas Hawksmoor, Henry Joynes)
- Finished design for an obelisk incorporating a clock and belfry, in honour of the Duke of Marlborough in October 1704, for an unknown site, although probably intended later for the grounds of Blenheim Palace
- Preliminary design for plan of the palace, now bound in a volume of warrants and accounts for Blenheim Palace.
- Preliminary design for Blenheim Palace at main floor level, nearly as executed, but before the addition of service courtyards and linking colonnades on the east and west sides of the north front.
- Preliminary design for the plan of Blenheim Palace at basement level, before the addition of service courtyards on the east and west sides of the north front