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  • image SM 14/4/2

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SM 14/4/2


[4] Re-drawing of design B in a Classical style, 1811 or after, ?1820


Elevation. Soane used (below the dome) the frieze found at the Temple of Vesta, Tivoli, exchanging dog heads for bucrania while the baseless, fluted Greek columns come from Paestum. The drum has a sculpted frieze depicting a fox hunt, the dome is crowned by a finial made up of hounds, the enclosing wall has more friezes of scenes of the chase and supports sculpted hounds, pairs of sculpted hounds sitting on pedestals below heraldic arms flanked by hounds and two living hounds drink from a basin with fountain


to a scale


Romae 1779 and (red pen) 107 ; plan labelled: Groom, G[room], Triumphal Ent.[rance], Airing / room, a dog / Ken:[nel] ma-[illegible] / Ro--- [illegible], Apartments

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1811 or after (watermark), possibly 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey-green, sepia, pink and blue washes with single ruled and black wash border; pen, grey-blue, sepia, burnt umber and green washes with single ruled and black wash border on laid paper; on thick wove paper (705 x 127)


Soane office, Soane revisions
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane office, Soane revisions


P. du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.159-162; P. du Prey, 'Je n'oublieray jamais: John Soane and Downhill', Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society, XXI Nos 3&4, 1978, pp.19-20; M.Richardson & M.Stevens (eds), John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, p.107 (where it states drawn by C.J.Richardson c.1835 but a check of the Soane Museum's 1837 Inventory found no evidence that he had made this elevation c.1835); D.Guinness, 'An Unpublished watercolour by James Malton from the collection of Desmond Guinness', Journal of the Irish Georgian Society, V, 2003, pp. 226-37



Exhibition history

John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001
Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 15 February - 18 May 2013; Tchoban Foundation Museum für Architekturzeichnung, Berlin, 1 June - 31 August 2013; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, 23 January - 17 May 2015; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 19 August 2015 - 6 January 2016
Purely Ornamental: Soane's Theory on Ornament, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 12 September - 14 October 2018

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