- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (96) John Soane Archt 1794
The main point of difference between these five designs is the skyline. Drawing 96 has a pediment and the door is flanked by trophies while drawing 97 has a parapet with two panels behind which is a large cicrular pedestal with an ouroboros that supports a seated figure of Britannia with a lion on each side. Drawing 98 has a balustrade above the cornice. Drawing 99 is a variant of drawing 97 with a larger ouroboros and a sculpted Boudica with quadriga and the front door flanked by trophies.
Drawing 100 was probably made after drawings 96-99 for exhibition at the Royal Academy, perhaps in 1801 as 'Part of the design for the new House of Lords'. It is close in design to drawing 96 but has the added embellishments of a pair of roundels with carved figures (Sol and Luna from Arch of Constantine) set in a square panel that replace the end windows of the upper storey, the first floor is rusticated, the first floor windows of the wings have each a cornice, and the apex of the pediment is crowned by a seated figureof Britannia flanked by lions (seen also on drawing 97).
A comparison of elevations with plans suggests that (plans) 32 to 35 which show a seven-bay front with six (1 4 1) columns may be related to the elevations catalogued here.
Drawing 99 re-appears in Soane's Architectural Visions of Early Fancy..., a composite perspective of Soane's unbuilt works placed in a dramatic landscape drawn by J.M.Gandy and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820 (SM P81).
S. Sawyer, 'Soane in Westminster', PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 196, drawings 96-100.
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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