- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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There is a later set of drawings for this vestibule, as significant alterations were carried out in 1814. Among the 1814 drawings are surveys of the existing vestibule, showing the design executed in 1791 (see scheme 4:1).
Madeleine Helmer, 2010
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 Rotunda vestibule, 1791 (18)
- Working drawing
- Design for a lantern over two bays
- Design for Vestibule and the adjacent office, showing a second lantern over the small office
- Working drawings for mouldings, July and August 1791 (2)
- Presentation drawing showing decoration of the interior, 1791 (1)
- Working drawings for interior mouldings, October 1791 (2)
- Working drawings of the cornice, one dated 1791 (2)
- Perspectives by J.M. Gandy (2)
- Record drawing of the mouldings for the soffits
- Record drawings of ornament
- Preliminary design and working drawing for spandrel moulding (2)
- Presentation drawing of the Vestibule
- Presentation drawing of the vestibule, c. 1791