- 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 Four designs for doors to the king's apartments, c.1693-94
-  Design for the internal doorcase of the King's Bedchamber, with a open scrolled pediment and vase finials, a foliated frieze with consoles, and an eared architrave frame
-  Design for a doorcase with a segmental pediment on angled consoles and a combined tympanum and frieze with swags of fruit and flower, possibly for the King's Bedchamber
-  Design for a doorcase with a foliated cornice and a frieze with cherubs, swags and console brackets, probably for the inside of the King's Writing Closet
-  Incomplete sketch design for a doorcase with a foliated pilaster frame and capital, continued as a console and shell motif in the frieze, and with swags of fruit and flowers in a sub-frieze