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 Executed design for the two main palace ranges, including preparatory studies, 1689-c.1691
-  Marked-up preparatory design for the south (Privy Garden) range, for the king's apartments, nearly as executed
-  Study design for the central pavilion of the south (Privy Garden) range, for the king's apartments, nearly as executed
-  Preparatory half elevation of the central portion of the east (Park) front, nearly as executed.
-  Finished design for the central portion of the east (Park) front, nearly as executedNO IMAGE OF THIS DRAWING IS AVAILABLE AT PRESENT
-  Presentation design for the elevation of the south (Privy Garden) front, nearly as executed
-  Presentation design for the east (park) front
-  Large-scale detail of the main entablature for the east (park) front
-  Presentation drawing for engraving of south (Privy Garden) elevation, nearly as executed, c.1691
-  Presentation drawing for engraving of the east (Park) elevation, nearly as executed, c. 1691