- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- 3 July 1802
July 3d 1802
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 Possibly the design for the Library was originally made for Whitmore's house in Frederick Place and subsequently re-used and approved by Thornton for his own house, but this seems unlikely.
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).