- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Number 10 Royal Terrace was the eleventh and last house in the terrace, located at the west end of the block, overlooking the River Thames.
The first resident at this house was Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Effingham (1746-91), Deputy Earl-Marshal of England. In 1783-85 it was home to Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1753-1838), the banker and historian; in 1820-21 Henry Nugent Bell (1792-1822), a genealogist; in 1891-96 the Crichton Club, in 1897-1927 part of the house was leased by Miss Payne Townshend (later Mrs Bernard Shaw); and another part was leased in 1897-1900 by the London School of Economics.
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 10, Royal Terrace
- Design for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1770, executed at number 8 Royal Terrace (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the front drawing room, c1770-71, unexecuted (1)
- Design for the ceiling in the back drawing room, 1770, as executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the front parlour, c1770-71; it is not known if this design was executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the back parlour, c1770-71, executed with minor alterations (1)