- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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The alternative drawings show a variation of transom and mullion windows designed to echo the original seventeenth-century windows of the College, as seen in the survey drawings of section 1. Furthermore, brick pilasters provide a reference to the Gothic buttresses of the old chapel. These designs for incorporating elements of the original architecture continue to be developed in later drawings.
George Allen Underwood is recorded in the Day Books as having 'drawn plans for Dulwich College' on Wednesday 27th-30th March and Tuesday 2nd-8th April 1811. On Monday 1st April Underwood took the dimensions of Sir Bourgeois' pictures, presumably so to plan wall space within the galleries. George Bailey and George Allen Underwood are the most frequently mentioned pupils in the Day Book at this stage of designing. It seems Underwood worked mostly on plans and Bailey on perspectives.
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 Five alternative preliminary designs, April to May 1811 (16)
- Preliminary alternative designs for the Gallery (2)
- Presentation drawings for alternative Design No 1 for the College on a quadrangular plan (4)
- Presentation drawings for alternative design No 2 for the College on an H-plan (2)
- Presentation drawings for alternative Design No 3 for the College on a cross-plan (2)
- Further design for the Gallery related to drawing 2
- Presentation drawings for alternative designs No 4 and No 5 for the College on an enclosed quadrangular plan (3)
- Presentation drawings for the Gallery, alternative design No 5 (2)