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Reference number

SM 45/5/1, 45/5/2, 45/5/3, 45/5/4

Purpose

6-9 Measured drawings of details copied from an Italian source

Aspect

6 Details including profile of Inner Cornice of Window, elevation of Inner Window, elevation of column, profile of cornice within Portico and detail of floreated roundel
7 Detail of helix of capital from the Temple of Tivoli
8 Details of acanthus of capital, lettering; festoon and bucranium frieze
9 Details of capital and entablature, labelled lower / than Abacus, Architrave, Fillet under Architrave at Tivoli

Scale

to a scale of Roman palmi (see note below)

Inscribed

as above and dimensions given (some fractions expressed as, for example, 7/8 ½ (seven-eighths and a half [eighth])

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, some hatching on laid paper (477 x 305, 476 x 293, 481 x 298, 482 x 300)

Hand

Soane

Watermark

(6) cartouche with bend surmounted by fleur-de-lis and W below; (8-10) J Whatman

Notes

Chastely drawn in outline with a fine pen, these details are carefully marked with their dimensions. No scale is given and it impossible to deduce it from the marked dimensions. For example, a detail marked 2" measures 1 7/8 inches and it seems that the drawings were made to a non-English scale, probably Roman palmi. Previously listed as copies from drawings by George Dance, in fact, these details were copied from another, presumably, Italian source. A comparison with Dance's extant drawings of the Temple of Vesta reveals that some details shown here (floreated roundel) are not found among his studies.

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Drawing

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