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SM volume 42/97


Rough circular design


3 Rough unfinished perspective showing a circular building with evenly spaced giant columns rising from a wall punctuated with doors and niches, fronted by a wide stair flanked by two pyramid-roofed pavilions and, on the right, a detail of a ? dome or ? wine glass

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid secretary paper (197 x 319)




presently stuck down and not visible


Margaret Richardson (discussion, February 2008) identified this drawing as a companion to drawing 2 both of which relate to drawing 1 by George Dance. The unfinished drawing of a circular building calls to mind the large roofless drums with engaged columns of Soane's design for a Triumphal Bridge (q.v.).



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