- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Number 9 Royal Terrace was the tenth house in the terrace, located towards the western end of the block, overlooking the River Thames.
In 1773-76 the first resident of this house was John Robinson (1727-1802), Secretary of the Treasury. In 1797-98 it became the home of Sir John William Anderson, Lord Mayor of London; and from 1860 it was used as the offices of various societies including the Institute of Chemistry in 1885-93.
In the back parlour, or dining room on the ground floor a chimneypiece was installed for which there is no extant design, with plain stiles, a fluted frieze, and a tablet containing an urn. It survived to be photographed by the LCC in 1936.
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 Number 9, Royal Terrace
- Design for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1770, as executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the front drawing room, c1770-71; it is not known if this design was executed (1)
- Design for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1770, as executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the back drawing room, c1770-71, executed with alterations (1)