- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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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 Drawings in Sir John Soane's papers (18)
- Working drawings for roof and offices, by Thomas Ward and John Carline, August and November 1823 (2)
- Design for south-east part of the basement and part of the offices, by Thomas Ward, 11 October 1824 (1)
- Design for a chimney-piece, by Richard Hall, 19 February 1825 (1)
- Working drawings for plaster work, by Thomas Palmer and Son, measuring book dated 29 June 1825 (4)
- Design for stove in the principal stairwell, October 1825 (1)
- Designs for window in the main stairwell, 12 December 1825 (1)
- Working drawing for masonry detail for garden wall, measuring book dated December 1825 to March 1827 (1)
- Designs for stable windows, 12 December 1826 (1)
- Preliminary design and design for sash for a door sash under the Best staircase, March and May 1827 (2)
- Working drawing for a fanlight in the entrance hall, by William Watson, measuring book dated 14 April 1828 (1)
- Rough working drawings for wardrobe, by R.W. Perry, 6 August 1828 (3)