Elibank pursued a variety of economic interests, subscribing to the Firth and Clyde Canal and holding a partnership in a Dumfries Bank. He was also an East India Company proprietor and recipient of a West Florida grant of 20,000 acres from his nephew, Governor George Johnstone.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 54, 70; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 265; W.C. Lowe, 'Murray, Patrick, fifth Lord Elibank' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online
Frances Sands, 2011
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).