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image SM volume 42/101 recto and verso

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SM volume 42/101 recto and verso


Preliminary designs


(recto) Part-elevation/part-section of a 13-bay building fronted by an Ionic colonnade supporting an entablature and a parapet with sculptured figures, behind which is an eight-bay upper storey fronted by a dome; the section indicates compartments of varying height and a roof truss; detail of a statue shows a plan at about ankle level above bare feet (verso) Section through a coffered dome with a stepped profile and a cupola above a compartment with columns and arched openings, elevation of tempietto with cross, study of a sculpted head


rough bar scale (pricked for transfer) of ¼ in to 10 ft approximately, detail to a larger scale


(recto) some calculations given (verso) some dimensions and calculations given

Signed and dated

  • datable to c. 1759-64

Medium and dimensions

(recto) Pencil and sepia wash, shaded, (verso) pencil, pen on laid paper with one fold mark (195 x 130, top left-hand corner cut)


George Dance (1741-1825)


J Ville[dary]


The design (recto) is unidentified but it is was probably made when Dance was in Italy (1759-64) and may be related to Dance's competition entry for the Parma Academy of 1763.


J.Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) ... from the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, 2003, pp.782-791 (catalogue [18])



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