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SM volume 42/96


Early rough design by George Dance on a compact plan with pyramidal roof


3 Sketch two-storey elevation with pyramidal roof on the centre five bays, with a round-arched door flanked by lunette niches and above two-column and four-column 'portico in antis' openings; and with a rough unfinished plan indicating a concave centre

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid secretary paper (263 x 197)


previously attributed to John Flaxman , re-attributed to George Dance (1741-1825)


presently stuck down and not visible


Previously attributed to John Flaxman, a fellow Royal Academy student (see P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.345 fn.43) the drawing is more likely to have been made by George Dance on the grounds that it relates in design terms to the following drawings 4 and 5. In this compact design are seen the round-arched entrance and lunette niches of the Moresque design (drawing 2) but nothing else. New is the idea of an entrance front of three bays, the centre coved and fronted by a wide stair, and the upper storey with a 'portico in antis'.

See also drawing 10 (upper one) for a similar design, perhaps a copy of this one.



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