Understanding Architectural Drawings

Learning from Drawing

In this section we see how Soane’s pupils and assistants learnt from drawing. We see a young architect measuring one of the great Roman temples and we see how, in England, the art of perspective developed in the sixteenth century and the kind of books from which one could learn about architectural design and perspective. Lastly we see one of Soane’s pupils drawing on site to record and learn about the process of construction.

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 Bird’s-Eye View of Longford Castle

Bird’s-Eye View of Longford Castle from the Thorpe Volume


This is how people drew who hadn’t really learnt the art of drawing in perspective. It was drawn between 1596 and 1603 and is from a book of drawings collected and drawn by the Thorpe family who were masons and architects in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

You can see another drawing from this book in drawing ‘IT House’ from the Thorpe Album.