Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [47] Design for the Drawing Room, 3 July 1802

Browse

top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM vol. 67/4

Reference number

SM vol. 67/4

Purpose

[47] Design for the Drawing Room, 3 July 1802

Aspect

Plan and laid out wall elevations with details of mouldings

Scale

bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

(in Soane's hand) Plan of Drawg Room / Great Room / Mr J Whitmore, leave a / Margin of / two feet wide, This plan shewn to Mr Thornton / & approved, 6 or 9 inches if / possible, 6 or 9 inches, Qy Bookcases to be / made in Town by / the height of the bookcase / determined by the / height of the door, B (3 times) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 3 July 1802
    July 3d 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes on laid paper, bound into volume (582 x 687)

Hand

Soane Office, with alterations by Soane

Notes

Shown in this drawing is Soane's design for the Library - also known as the 'Drawing Room' or the 'Great Room' - at the centre of the house on the ground floor. The room has two entrances on either side of a chimneypiece that has a mirror above. Opposite are three full-height windows providing maximum daylight. The short walls have bookcases with recessed arches containing busts and globes above. Soane has altered the design on one side of the room so that above the centre of the bookcases is an attic feature with incised pilasters, urns and ? lions.

The reference to 'J Whitmore' is interesting. This must be John Whitmore (1750-1826), who sat on the Building Committee of the Bank of England and was its Governor from 1808 to 1810. Soane completed work for Whitmore at 8 Frederick Place, City of London, in 1798-9 totalling £987.5.0, and paid for and organised the funeral of Whitmore's wife in 1806. Possibly the design for the Library was originally made for Whitmore's house in Frederick Place and subsequently re-used and approved by Thornton for his own house, but this seems unlikely.

Level

Drawing

Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

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).