- Robert and James Adam office drawings
With the exception of that for the staircase, all of the friezes for Mellerstain shown in these three drawings (Adam volume 53/49-51) were executed in accordance with Adam’s design and survive in situ. Adam’s designs for the barrel-vaulted ceiling and frieze for the staircase were not executed owing to an argument with Baillie.
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).
Contents of Record drawings for friezes for the hall, galley, staircase, library, library doors, dining room, drawing room, lady’s dressing room, and little dressing room, ND, all but that for the staircase as executed (3)
-  Record drawing for a frieze for the hall, ND, as executed
-  Record drawing for friezes for the gallery, staircase, library, library doors, and dining room, ND, all but that for the staircase as executed
-  Record drawing for the drawing room, dressing room, and little dressing room, ND, as executed