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Reference number

SM 45/4/1, 45/4/2, 45/4/3

Purpose

Copies of designs made in 1578 by Andrea Palladio (1508-80), two copied 29 September 1779 (3)

Aspect

4 Part-elevation
5 Half-elevation and profiles of plinths, entablatures and cornice to a larger scale
6 Half-elevations of alternative designs to that shown on 4-5 and profile of entablature

Scale

4-6 to an Italian scale (5-6 with rough bar scale)

Inscribed

4 Dissegno in correctione et nuovo modo del Palladio, Altezza piedi 100 and (feint pencil) This door was / put as in the / other design & / rubb'd out away ('E' not inscribed)
5 Disegno del Palladio, labelled logo p Storia, Comp[osite], lettered F and (against a tabernacle) A, and dimensions given
6 Disegno del Palladio, novo / che nostra dui modi, 10 diamr [diameter] (against column) and G

Signed and dated

(5-6) Sepr 29 1779

Medium and dimensions

(4) Pencil, pen inscription (5-6) pen, pencil; on laid paper (545 x 380, 549 x 380, 381 x 549)

Hand

Soane

Watermark

(4-5) J Whatman (6) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below

Notes

In 1578 Palladio submitted three designs for the completion of the facade of San Petronio. Soane copied those designs which were marked by Palladio as 'E', 'F' and 'G' (drawings 4,5,6). The earliest design lettered 'D' and made in 1572 with Francesco Morandi, detto il Terribilia (1528-1603) was not copied by Soane. All are preserved in the Museo di S. Petronio in Bologna (n. 9,11,10,12).

Literature

P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp. 260-1 ; H.Burns, L.Fairbairn and B.Boucher, Andrea Palladio 1508-1580, 1975, pp.241-44; P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.164-66; L.Puppi, Andrea Palladio: the complete works, 1989, pp.245; M. Faietti and M.Medica (eds),'La Basilica incompiuta. Progetti antichi per la facciata di San Petronio a Bologna'. Catalogue of an exhibition, Museo Civico Medievale, Bologna, 2001, pp.77-8 pp. 115-121

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Drawing

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