- Robert and James Adam office drawings
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.
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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Contents of Preliminary design and finished drawings for the ceiling and walls of the drawing room, 1771, executed with minor alterations (2)
-  Alternative rough preliminary designs for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1771, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1771, as executed
-  Finished drawing for the walls for the drawing room, 1771, executed with alterations