- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Number 2 Royal Terrace was the third house in the terrace, located towards the eastern end of the block, overlooking the River Thames.
The first resident of this house is not known. There is an extant lease for an unknown house on the Royal Terrace, possibly for this house. It was signed by John Blake (unknown) on 2 August 1774, with a purchase price of £2,700, and a ground rent of £34/13/0 per annum. In 1870-74 the National Cottage Hospital for Consumption was resident; and in 1880-1907 the London Bible Mission and the Indian Female Normal School Society had their offices here.
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 Number 2, Royal Terrace
- Finished drawing for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed (1)
- Designs for the chimneypiece for the front drawing room, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (2)
- Preliminary design and finished drawing for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed (2)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the back drawing room, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the front parlour, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the back parlour, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)