- Robert and James Adam office drawings
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 for the interior decoration of the saloon, drawing room and dining room (14)
- Preliminary designs and a finished drawing for the chimneypiece for the saloon, unexecuted, November 1778 (3)
- Designs for a ceiling and walls for the drawing room, unexecuted, November 1778 (2)
- Preliminary designs, design and finished drawing for the chimneypiece for the drawing room, unexecuted, November 1778 (4)
- Finished drawing and record drawing for a ceiling for the dining room, as executed, 5 November 1778 (2)
- Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the dining room, unexecuted, 12 November 1778 (1)
- Preliminary designs for a table and curtain cornice for the dining room, unexecuted, 24 June 1779 (2)