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Reference number

Vol 154

Purpose

(Vols 152-160) Soane Office, 9 volumes containing fair copies of Soane's 12 Royal Academy lectures, with reduced copies, in pencil, pen and watercolour, of most of the drawings used to illustrate them

Hand

Soane Office

Notes

For a catalogue of all the drawings used by Soane to illustrate his RA lectures see Appendix two in David Watkin, Sir John Soane: Enlightenment Thought and the Royal Academy Lectures, Cambridge University Press 1996

Level

Drawing

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

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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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