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Reference number

SM volume 42/119


Sketch design


Rough part-elevation of a domed building with a six-column portico flanked by niches and with colonnaded wings

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil on laid paper (199 x 316)




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Perhaps related to another rough and unfinished design for a domed public building in this volume (42/131).P.du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, in series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', catalogue 48-55 reproduces (catalogue 48, plate 11 top) a rough elevation with plan of which the domed centre corresponds with the drawing catalogued here. The V&A drawing is one of eight rough drawings that du Prey has grouped together and that are unhelpfully inscribed by one of Soane's assistants, C.J.Richardson (1809-71) as a 'Triumphal Bridge'. As du Prey writes: they largely consist of 'a set of three pavilions all domed, or in some cases with a flat attic distinguishing the central pavilion. The general scheme resembles most closely Soane's British Senate House (q.v.). But it is conceivable that the forecourt facade of the Triumphal Bridge is also being referred to (q.v.).'



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