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Drawing for publication and two record drawings of the ruins (3)


Drawings 264 to 266 all show the ruins at Pitzhanger. Drawing 264, although it is dated to 1810, is still a retrospective view and dates to the period after Soane's ownership of the house. It is therefore included with the 1830s drawings on the same subject.

Drawing 266 shows a sarcophagus-like object, surmounting the triumphal arch structure, with tall finials at each corner, with canopy dome caps. It seems as if Soane was trying to suggest that the ruins were a source for, or even an integrated part of the architectural vocabulary for the rest of the house.



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