- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- 8 July 1801
Copy Lincolns Inn Fields / July 8 1801
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.
The entrance front is characterised by a much-simplified triumphal arch that is superimposed onto the façade. The only two openings in the elevation are the entrance, which has a pedimented, Doric portico at the top of three steps, and the segmental-headed window above. Both of these features are set within a large, recessed arch. The projecting walls, which incorporate the chimney stacks, are very simply decorated with two arched and two circular recesses, and are linked by a balustrade above the chamber floor. On top of the hipped roof is a broad lantern. Today, the entrance front is recognisable but has been much altered.
For the significance of the triumphal arch motif and the inspiration for its use at Norwood Hall, see P. Guillery, 'Norwood Hall and Micklefield Hall. Works by Sir John Soane', Architectural History, 30, 1987, pp. 181-200.
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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