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Madeleine Helmer, April 2012
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 London: King's Theatre (Opera House): designs for an opera house, c.1790 (9)
- Survey of houses adjoining the opera house and Haymarket, 20 September 1790
- Design, datable to July 1790
- Survey of the theatre, one overlaid with preliminary design, datable to 9 and 13 October 1790 (2)
- Survey showing the old and new theatres, datable to 1 November 1790
- Variant designs for the theatre, November 1790 (2)
- Presentation drawing showing the old and new theatres, November 1790
- Presentation drawing showing Vanbrugh's original theatre design, copied 27 November 1790