- Sir John Soane office drawings: the drawings of Sir John Soane and the office of Sir John Soane
(verso) Part-section through carriage entrance and courtyard colonnade; detail of moulded base of Collonne del Cortile; detail of Doric capitals; plan of pier labelled Al di Sopra / Ordine Ionico; section through carriage entrance; detail of coffering labelled quadrato vero / Ornamentd 2 Finished plan
- (1) Adi [Anno Domini] Nov. 18 1779 (2) Novre 18th 1779
Soane was obviously restricted to recording only the semi-public circulation areas of the Palazzo Farnese designed for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, later Pope Paul III, by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1484-1546) from 1517. An upper storey was added, together with other modifications, by Michelangelo from 1546. Completed by Giacomo della Porta, 1589, the Palazzo Farnese presently houses the French Embassy.
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).