Record number 03/6994
Author Soane, John, R.A., 1753 - 1837
TitlePlans · Elevations · And · Sections · Of · Buildings · Executed · In · The · Counties · Of · Norfolk · Suffolk · Yorkshire · Staffordshire · Warwickshire · Hertfordshire · Et · Caetera · By · Iohn · Soane · Architect · Member · Of · The · Royal · Academies · Of · Parma · And · Florence ·
Imprint· London ·: · Published · By · Messrs. · Taylor · At · The · Architectural · Library · Holborn ·, MDCCLXXXVIII ·
Physical Description[6], 11, [35] p., 47 pl.; 534 mm. (Folio)
Physical Description NoteIn early issues plate 44 is misnumbered as 43.
Content Format Note[Dedication] - List of Subscribers - Introduction - Table of Contents - [47 plates, with notes].
Summary NoteAlthough the publication-date of 1788 is carried by title page, dedication and introduction, all plates carry the date of January 1789.

Each group of plates is preceded by a page of explanation. The buildings shown are: Shottisham, Norfolk; Malvern-Hall, Warwickshire; Letton-Hall, Norfolk; Chillington, Staffordshire; Tendring-Hall, Suffolk; Langley-Park, Norfolk; Ryston-Hall, Norfolk; Skelton-Castle, Yorkshire; Mulgrave-Hall, Yorkshire; Burn-Hall, Durham; Villa near Hockerill; Oulton, Suffolk; Villa intended for W. Tollemache; Parsonage at Saxlingham; Black-Friars Bridge, Norwich; Dairy at Hammels, Hertfordshire; Earsham, Suffolk; Museum designed for the Dilettanti Society, London.

This, Soane's second publication, differs from his earlier Designs in architecture (1778) both by showing mostly executed designs for substantial country houses, and by introducing them with a statement of his philosophy of architecture. He quotes at length from earlier writers both to affirm the importance of architecture and to emphasise the necessity of not copying ancient buildings in a servile manner but so as to 'catch the spirit of them'. Ornament should 'shew the destination of the edifice' and 'assist in determining its character'. He allows that Gothic buildings 'excite solemn, serious and contemplative ideas'; and concludes by stating that the architect must adapt every design to its own 'situation' and consider the 'different ideas of convenience, comfort and elegance' of his clients. His designs reflect the contemporary taste for informal residences. But he allows himself one departure from Neoclassical simplicity in his design for a 'dairy' (pl. 44), where a thatched roof is combined with a Doric pediment and a central relief-sculpture of a cow.
Responsibility NoteNo plate is signed by draughtsman or engraver.

Each carries I. and J. Taylor's publication line.

The work is dedicated by John Soane to the King, in gratitude for the King's enabling him to finish his studies in Italy (1778-1780).
SubjectArchitecture, British - Country houses - Bridges - Museums - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
Name as Subject Soane, John, R.A., 1753 - 1837
ReferencesESTC T101996
RIBA, Early printed books, 4 (2001), no. 3098
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 842
J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), 319.1.
General studies of Soane include Hooked on books: the library of Sir John Soane, by E. Harris and N. Savage [exhibition catalogue] (2004)
D. Watkin, Sir John Soane: enlightenment thought and the Royal Academy lectures (1996)
P. de la Ruffiniere Du Prey, John Soane (1982).
Copy NoteWith plate 44 misnumbered as 43 and a second copy of plate 38 bound in before plate 47.
Binding NoteContemporary marbled-papered boards; rebacked and recornered with 20th-century calf; spine lettered 'Soanes Plans & Elevations Of Buildings'.
ProvenanceThe Royal Academy is listed among the subscribers. See RA Cashbook 1769-1795, Nov. 1789: 'Soanes to Taylor £2: 12s. 6d.'
Contributors George III, King of Great Britain, 1738 - 1820, dedicatee
Taylor, Isaac, the elder, 1730 - 1807, publisher
Taylor, Josiah, 1761 - 1834, publisher
Architectural Library (London). publisher
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