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Reference number

SM 67/6/15


[1] Design No.2 (15 May 1807)


Interior perspective


View of the design NO.2

Signed and dated

  • 15/05/1807
    Lincolns Inn Fields / May:15 1807

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yelllow washes, with mutli-ruled border on wove paper with an applied green wash (428 x 315)


Nothing recorded in the offfice Day Book


The drawing is dated 15 May 1807, Desenfans died on 8 July 1807 so the project for a mausoleum must have been discussed earlier.
The drawing shows fluted Greek Doric columns without bases, a top-lit domed roof and three steps into a further vaulted space. 'Between the columns and in the apses of the burial chamber are urns in niches and, on the end wall, memorial tablets in the form of Roman cinerary urns. Three sarcophagi wered added to the plan later by Soane'. (T>Drysdale, op.cit.p.120



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