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Drawings of the music hall as built, some measured, August 1798 (3)


JM Gandy's measured drawings of the music room interiors are in a sketchbook containing a view of the music room and drawings of other Soane buildings (volume 69). Drawings 117 to 119 were made after the music room was constructed and are detailed drawings of the chimney-piece, ceiling mouldings, the entablature over the Ionic columns at one end of the room, and the window shutters. These drawings are possibly studies for his finished views drawings 120 and 121.



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