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SM volume 42/28


[41] Variant sketch design by Soane for a triumphal arch


Part-plan and elevation


dimensions given and calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on thin laid paper (201 x 322)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)


Britannia with shield holding lance and olive branch within crowned oval


Close to drawing [40] though here Soane was working on the proportions so that, for example, the height is reduced by 3 feet 3 inches; the total width of 24 feet 4½ inches remains the same in both designs. Drawing [40] is closest to the built design.



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