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Reference number

SM 45/5/11

Purpose

Copy of measured drawing

Aspect

Half-elevation of lower storey, and details of Doric base, capital and entablature

Scale

bar scale of Palmi Romani

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, some slight pricking through for transfer on laid paper (504 x 359)

Hand

Soane as copier, the freehand details by Soane

Watermark

fleur-de-lis in an oval frame with C below (Heawood I No. 1600 Rome n.d.)

Notes

Soane drew in a sketchbook (Sketchbooks catalogue: Miscellaneous Sketches, SM volume 40, f.77verso) an elevation and detail of the Orti Farnese gateway, with some dimensions given, that were presumably drawn in situ or copied from another source. There are variations between this measured drawing and the sketchbook drawing; the latter shows two fewer courses of rustication as well as a label over the window and a window ledge. 'In modern times the gatge was moved to its present site on Via S. Gregoria, where it now serves as biglitteria' (du Prey, op.cit., p.445, fn.101)

Literature

P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.111,445, fn.102

Level

Drawing

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