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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 Adam Volume 10
- Capriccio showing a plan for a large symmetrical building with a three-bay deep portico of fifteen bays opening into a square court of peristyle with steps and colonnade; two additional courts with bowed elevations.
- Unfinished capriccio showing a street scene with two large irregular buildings in a mixture of classical and Renaissance styles. That on the left has a tiled roof and balconies, and the other has a projecting portico with pediment.
- Unfinished design for the elevation of a large building with a towered and domed centre block. This is flanked by obelisks. There is a pavilion of four stories, connected by a pyramid form. All are decorated with rich sculptural decoration.
- Unfinished capriccio showing the elevation of a large building composed as a porticoed central block of seventeen bays on steps, with large thermal window and relief sculpture above and flanking pavilions with thermal windows, and facades composed as triumphal arches.
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