- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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The Scala Regia is positioned in enfilade with the vestibule and Gallery 'A'. Soane had experimented with the staircase in different positions, either in parallel to the existing wall or in enfilade with the Prince's Chamber and the vestibule (SM 71/2/82, SM 71/2/83, SM 71/2/80, SM 89/3/71). Placing the Scala Regia in enfilade here meant that the statue of George IV would be visible from the bottom of the staircase, forming a focal point for the royal approach to the House of Lords, something that would have greatly appealed to the King.
See also SM 71/2/65 and SM 71/2/66. Soane's Royal Gallery was executed in 1824 to new designs.
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).