- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Number 4 Adam Street was located on the eastern side of the street, to the south of the centre of the block. The first resident of this house is not known, but from 1805 numbers 4 and 5 were used by the Commissioners for Auditing Public Accounts, and in 1844-56 they were occupied by William Butterfield, the architect.
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 4, Adam Street
- Finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, unexecuted (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the dining room, c1769-70; it is not known to have been executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the front parlour, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)