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image SM volume 42/172 recto

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SM volume 42/172 recto


5 Intermediate rough design by George Dance, 1778


5 Rough half-plan close to the internal arrangement of the penultimate design (drawing 6) but without wings; slight part-general plan indicating curved wings and pavilion ends; rough elevation of front quite close to that of drawing 6; (pencil) half-elevation of bowed front with a simple (not stepped) dome; and detail of elevation with a giant order and roundel over niche


(plan) 1/32 in to 1 ft (approximately)


some dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid secretary paper folded in half and previously folded three times (389 x 269)


George Dance (1741-1825)


dove on monti, C and I within a roundel


On the verso are rough studies by Dance for a (generic) mausoleum on a trefoil plan that, it is assumed, became a preliminary design for the so-called Mausoleum for the Earl of Chatham died 11 May 1778 (q.v. drawing 1). The two drawings are in different media on worn and rather scrappy paper and were probably made on two distinct occasions. The puzzle is that the drawing sheet is Italian-made.


P. du Prey, John Soane’s architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.130-1



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