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SM 45/6/5 recto


11 Unlocated: Church of Santi Apostoli: copy of measured drawing


Half cross section of roof truss over a masonry barrel vault and detail of scarfed tie beam


bar scale of feet with 3¼ inches divided by 10


as above, Santi Apostoli / cio é dedicata ai dodici Apostoli / Chiefly Castagno [chestnut] now & then beam of Abete [fir], Wall, Projecting / Pier to / support / rafters, Volta della gran' Nave della Chiesa and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, hatching, some pricking for transfer, traces of red sealing wax at corners on laid paper (399 x 549)




fleur-de-lis within oval frame with CB above (Heawood 1598 Rome 1762)


The marked dimensions correspond with the scale.Soane did not give the location of this Church dedicated to the twelve Apostles and there are Churches of the Apostles in Rome, Florence, Verona, Venice and elsewhere. The visible timber trusses of the nave of the Florentine basilica church rule it out. The nave of the Roman basilica church is (according to www. roma.katolsk.) 18 metres wide while in Soane's drawing it is about 15.24 metres.



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