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image Image 1 for SM 45/3/31, P286, P279, 45/3/32
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Reference number

SM 45/3/31, P286, P279, 45/3/32

Purpose

1-4 Copies from measured drawings by George Dance

Aspect

1 THE PLAN OF THE REMAINS OF A TEMPLE AT TIVOLI
2 A GEOMETRICAL ELEVATION OF THE REMAINS OF A TEMPLE AT TIVOLI
3 THE ENTABLATURE OF A TEMPLE AT TIVOLI
4 TIVOLI, THE INSIDE MOVLDINGS OF THE WINDOW
, THE OVTSIDE MOVLDINGS OF THE WINDOW,The Soffite of the window

Scale

(1) ½ in to 1 ft
(2) to A SCALE OF ENGLISH FEET ½ in to 1 ft
(3) to A SCALE OF ENGLISH FEET 3 in to 1 ft
(4) ¾ in and 2 ins to 1 ft

Inscribed

(1-4) as above and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(2) I .SOAN. ARC. E
(4) John Soane Arch. delint (Soane began adding an 'e' to the end of his surname from the time of his marriage in August 1784 and did so to drawings made earlier.)

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen and sepia wash, pencil, within raw umber wash border; (2,3) framed NOT AVAILABLE; (4) pen, sepia, light pink and cream washes, shaded, some pricking through for transfer, with single ruled and raw umber wash border (1,4) on laid paper; (2,3) framed NOT AVAILABLE (1,4) 622 x 958, 619 x 952, (2,3) framed NOT AVAILABLE)

Hand

Soane

Watermark

(1,4) J Whatman; (2-3) framed NOT AVAILABLE

Notes

The plan (drawing 1) is a close copy of that made by Dance (D3/1/2; Lever, op.cit., catalogue 13.13), drawn to the same scale with a title added. The elevation/section (drawing 2) is a close copy of one made by Dance, dated 1763 (D3/1/3; Lever, op.cit., catalogue 13.14) drawn to the same scale and with the same inscription. The details of the entablature (drawing 3) were again copied from Dance (D3/1/6; Lever, op.cit, catalogue 13.17). The details of windows on a single sheet (drawing 4) were taken from two of Dance’s drawings (D3/1/5 and D3/1/6; J.Lever, op.cit.,catalogue 13.15 and 13.16) omitting the door and drawn to the same scale.
Dance may have been irked by such plagiarism for it is mentioned at least three times in his friend Joseph Farington's diary. Thus (4 March 1810) Farington recorded that Soane 'borrowed Dance's drawing of the Sybils temple at Tivoli & copied it, & hung it up in His House with John Soane written under it, as if the drawing had been originally made by Himself.' (The Diary of Jospeh Farington, 16 volumes, 1978-98)

Literature

P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp. 122-3,144;P.du Prey, John Soane, the making of an architect, 1982, pp.148-51, 359 fn.8; M.Richardson, 'John Soane and the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli, Architectural History, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, XLVI, 2003, pp.127-46; J.Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) ... 2003

Level

Drawing

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