- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
The drawing is in the hand of an extremely competent draughtsman, and the cartouche is especially well drawn and shaded. It compares with some by Gibbs in his Book of Architecture, 1728 (e.g. p. 132, right), and given the architect's connection with the Harley family, his (partial) involvement in the production of this drawing cannot be ruled out. Gibbs may, in fact, have prepared a design for a new house on this site in 1713 (see 'Unidentified designs/2 Two designs attributed to James Gibbs for a large house with a library wing, 1713, possibly for Brampton House, Herefordshire'; SM volume 111/33 and 26).
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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