- Sir John Soane office drawings: the drawings of Sir John Soane and the office of Sir John Soane
2 Elevation, incompletely drawn, of six column front with the architrave (sic) inscribed DIVO ANTONINO ET and below, on the frieze DIVAE FAUSTINAE EX S[ENATUS} C [ONSULTO]
3 Profiles of entablature and column base, and plan of soffit
The drawings show the ten surviving Corinthian columns of a temple built by Antoninus and dedicated to his wife the Empress Faustina, died A.D.141. After his death in 161, the temple was dedicated to both of them. (L. Richardson, jr, A New topographical dictionary of ancient Rome, Baltimore, 1992)
Converted into the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda at some time before the 12th century and given a Baroque facade in 1602.
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).