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image SM 45/2/26

Reference number

SM 45/2/26

Purpose

Measured drawing made with Thomas Hardwick, June 1778

Aspect

Plan

Scale

bar scale of 1/14 in to 1ft

Inscribed

dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to June 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil within double ruled border on laid paper (722 x 531)

Hand

Soane

Watermark

J Honig & Zoonen with fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with bell below, and JH

Notes

One of several collaborative efforts in measuring and drawing buildings made with Thomas Hardwick whose related plan drawn to the same scale and dated 'June 1778' is in the RIBA Drawings Collection (SB60/11)

The great central hall (tepidarium) of the Baths of Diocletian was remodelled as the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli to a design by Michelangelo, 1563-6 - the foundation stone laid in 1561 and building work finished by about 1590. From 1749, the church was enlarged and the orientation altered by Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-73).

Literature

P.du Prey, 'Soane and Hardwick in Rome: a Neo-Classical partnership', Architectural History, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, XV, 1972, pp.54,63; P.du Prey, (J.Lever editor), Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, volume G-K, 1973, p.913; P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp. 114-5 <>
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Level

Drawing

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