- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
The staining patterns on the drawings provides clues to their grouping before the contents of the volume were reordered, prior to Dance's numbering of the sheets before he gave the volume to Soane in 1817. The staining pattern on 2 (110/59) closely matches that on Hawksmoor's two drawings for the bridge link between Queen's Mary's closet and the Privy Garden in September 1694 (section 5/1, nos. 2, 3; 110/20 and 21). The patterning on these two drawings be connected, in turn, with the staining on Hawksmoor's large-scale elevations for the principal fronts in 1689 (section 4 no. 1; 110/8) and his design for the grotto in the Orangery (section 5 no. 3; 110/17). This demonstrates that Gibbons's drawings and Hawksmoor's were together in the same volume at the time the staining occurred.
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 large-scale designs for room cornices and entablatures, contemporary with those in 6/1
-  Design for a coved room cornice with large acanthus leaves on the cove and fluting on the face of the corona, c. 1689-91
-  Design for a room entablature with a bolection-moulded acanthus frieze and a dentilled cornice, c. 1689-91
-  Design for a Corinthian room entablature, possibly for the King's Bedchamber, the frieze with flowers, putti, birds of paradise, ribbons, fronds and acanthus whorls, c. 1689-91
-  Design for a room entablature in the Composite order, with paired console brackets framing relief ornaments in the frieze, c. 1689-91