- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
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 Additional drawings, surveys etc. (44)
- Surveys of the old Palace of Westminster (13)
- The Speaker's House: surveys, 1794-1803 (2)
- Preliminary design for a throne in a Classical style
- Designs for alterations to the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey (2)
- Drawings supplied to Soane in preparation for the coronation of George IV (12)
- Design for a temporary building for the records erected in Westminster Hall, 28 February 1822
- Designs for improvements in Westminster (2)
- Survey of the house of the Clerk to the House of Commons, February 1825
- Design for fitting up the old Parliament Office for records, 21 April 1826
- Surveys and designs for houses in Old Palace Yard, June 1826 (5)
- Survey of the Duchy Court of Lancaster, November 1826
- Surveys of Guy Fawkes' Chamber, March 1827 (3)