The drawing room is located at the front of the house, on the first storey, and is now used as the main dining room of Crockford's Club. Adam's interior decoration was executed almost in accordance with the extant drawings, and survives in situ. Elements which vary from the drawings include the chimneypiece.
The apse and its three niches at the east end of the room were, during the twentieth century, removed so that the room is now full width for its entire length, and a new portion of the vaulted ceiling has been added to cover the space where the apse's semi-dome was formerly located.
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation
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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