- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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Soane’s design for the Stables was for a compact block surrounding a courtyard. As with most of Soane’s Chelsea buildings, yellow stock brick was used and the façade was articulated only by tall blind arcading - conveying an impression of ‘primitive architecture’. The block is one of the most prominent surviving Soane buildings at Chelsea and is now used as office accommodation and workshops.
The SM Archive holds seventeen drawings relating to the Stables - three elevations of chimney stacks with plans, twelve drawings showing various elevations and two drawings showing sections through part of the east side (Priv.Corr.IX.J.4-25).
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 Stables, October 1814 - July 1818 (25)
- Record drawings, 25 October - 1 November 1814 (4)
- Site progress drawings, 20-26 November 1814 (2)
- Site record drawings of the old stables, 25 April 1815 (3)
- Record drawings, one dated 15 July 1818 (2)
- Record drawings, 27 February and 21 March 1818 (2)
- Record drawings, 18-19 March 1818 (3)
- Record drawings, 26-28 February 1818 (2)
- Record drawings, 13-15 July 1818 (2)
- Record drawings and presentation drawing, one dated 20 February 1818 (5)