- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
For information on drawing 108 see Domed designs, drawing 4. The original of drawing 109 for a flank elevation with a Corinthian portico on a semicrcular plan has not been found. Plans that show this four-column portico are Domed designs 3 and 4. The original of drawing 110 has not been found in Soane's own collection. It seems to be an outline version to a reduced scale and without staffage of a drawing given as a Diploma Work by Soane to the Royal Academy and accepted on 20 March 1802 (R.A. 03/5556). The Soane Museum's version is drawn with trompe-l'oeil effect paper with curled edges, encased within an outline plan of the new House of Lords.
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).