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image SM volume 42/85

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SM volume 42/85


Earlier and later rough designs by Dance


10 Sketch elevation close to drawing 3 by George Dance; unfinished sketch plan with four long concave sides and four short ones related to the perspective of an octagonal central building with dome (the corners of the octagon marked by stele) flanked by four pyramids

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid secretary paper with one fold mark (261 x 201)


George Dance (1741-1825)


presently stuck down and not visible


The perspective for what is a later scheme on the same sheet as an elevation of an early design (see drawing 3) is puzzling.



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