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 Survey drawings of the palace and gardens, c.1699 to c.1724
-  Survey plan of the ground floor of Hampton Court Palace, including the tennis court, probably intended for engraving, c.1699
-  Survey ground plan of the palace and its gardens to the north and south, but excluding the Fountain Garden on the east (cut off on the plan), c.1710-11
- Large ground plan and survey plan of the palace and adjoining gardens, including the south end of the Great walk in Bushey parke, c.1710-11
-  A General Plan of Hampton-Court Pallace Gardens & Parks: an estate survey and presentation drawing of Hampton Court Palace, gardens and parks, extending from Hampton at the west to Kingston at the east, c.1711
-  Survey plan of ground floor of the palace, c.1716
-  Incomplete survey plan of the first-floor of the palace, inscribed with the names and dimensions of the principal rooms of the royal apartments, c.1724
-  Finished drawing of the attic (second) storey of the Privy Court (state apartments)