- 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 Book of 'Court Orders', 1669-95 (Nicholas Hawksmoor)
- Plan of ground containing ice houses on the east side of St James's Park, adjoining Cleveland Garden
- Survey of the northern end of Whitehall Palace, between Wood Yard and Scotland Yard Dock, in response to a petition from Sir Stephen Fox for building lodgings on the site in 1691
- Survey of Windsor Castle Ditch on south side of Windsor Castle, pursuant to an order of 28 September 1692
- Plan of land leased to Joseph Craig, Scotland Yard, June 1694
- Alterations to create Bishops' Robing Room in House of Lords, April 1695
- Proposal for new buildings for housing prisoners of state in the Outer Ward of the Tower of London, April 1695
- Survey drawing of the southern part of the Savoy Hospital, 1692, connected with an order by the Treasury Commissions to Wren on 14 March 1692 and his response on 16 August 1692 (Book of 'Court Orders', SM 165, fo. 131) (the drawing is now in the Fauntleroy Pennant volume III, no. 75, on the same page as a topographical drawing by Wenceslaus Hollar, SM volume 148, no. 76, c.1640s-50s, showing the river elevation of the Savoy Hospital).