In 1781, Tollemache commissioned Soane for minor repairs to his London town house in Picadilly. He later commissioned Soane for work at Coombe House, Kingston upon Thames, and Mottram, Cheshire. On 4 September 1790 Soane journeyed from Cricket Lodge, Somerset (q.v.) to the Isle of Wight so that he could take plans of the cottage. On 1 January 1791 he left at Tollemache's house in Picadilly five drawings showing proposed alterations to Steephill (Journal No 1).
Wilbraham Tollemache purchased Steephill in 1781 (R. Worsely,p. 221). The house is described in contemporary accounts as a thatched roof cottage faced in stucco, with a bowed projection on one side and a view of the sea (J. Albin, p. 560). The house was rebuilt by Sanderson c. 1828 and then demolished in 1964 (P. Dean, p. 182).
J. Albin, A new, correct, and much improved history of the Isle of Wight, 1795, p. 560; R. Worsley, A history of the Isle of Wight, 1781, p.221; P. Dean, John Soane and the Country Estate, 1999, p. 182).
Madeleine Helmer, 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.
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