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Designs by Edward Pearce

Signed and dated

  • Main Year: 0
  • Other Years: 1660s to 1690s


These four drawings were first attributed to Edward Pearce (c.1635-1695) by Howard Colvin in 1948 (see his manuscript note on the mount of 1., SM volume 111/60). Arthur Bolton had attributed them to 'William Talman', as Talman's collector's mark is inscribed on all three drawings. However, as Colvin explains (Biographical Dictionary, 2008, p. 793), Talman's connection with the drawings was the result of Pearce's instruction in his will that his 'very good friend' William Talman was 'to have the choise and picking of what theirin [his 'Clositt of Books, Prints and drawings'] shall seeme to make up the worthy collection he intends'.



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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 Designs by Edward Pearce