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Reference number

SM volume 42/92, volume 42/113, volume 42/89

Purpose

Rough alternative designs by George Dance for a domed or pyramidal building linked by colonnades to pyramidal or domed pavilions (3)

Aspect

6 Sketch elevations with (top) domed building linked to flanking pyramids by colonnades and (bottom) vice versa7 Sketch part elevation showing a domed building corresponding with drawing 6 (top), unfinished triangular plan with three long concave sides, and a study of lion with trees in the background8 Sketch part elevation showing a pyramidal building with colonnades on either side related to drawing 10 (bottom)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil; pencil, pen; pencil on laid secretary paper (198 x 265, 327 x 191, 122 x 259)

Hand

George Dance (1741-1825)

Watermark

presently stuck down and not visible; (7) LVG; presently stuck down and not visible

Notes

The design is less compact than previous or later designs since the three pavilions are joined to the main building by colonnades with six or eight columns set out on a curve. The main elements of the final design are here (drawing 6 top) but the composition is horizontal and spaced out. The drawings appear to be by George Dance. The draughtsmanship suggests this and the doodle of a lion (drawing 7) is not something that Soane went in for; drawing 6 has tiny lions on the parapet in the centre. The parapets to the pyramids have swept ends and rise in tiers giving a pagoda-like impression. This treatment is rather similar to that on Dance's Chinese portal in his unidentified design for a monumental entrance consisting of two pyramids (see J.Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) …, 2003, catalogue [31]).

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Drawing

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