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image SM 45/1/23

Reference number

SM 45/1/23


Late design, 1794 or after


13 Ground plan with some amendments


bar scale of 1/16in to 1 ft


dimensions given including (of domed hall) 62':0" Diamr and (pencil) calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia washes, pencil within quadruple ruled and wash border on laid paper (706 x 500)




I Taylor, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with 1794 below


Dance's sketch designs (drawing 1) have a trefoil building within a trefoil terrace; and a circle on a square with three apses within a trefoil terrace, Soane's sketch design (drawing 2) has a trefoil plan. The published plan, in Sketches in architecture ... 1793 (plates xxxviii-xxxix), took the first design stretching the apse opposite the entrance to 35 feet long and balancing it with a terrace on the same plan. The whole structure was enclosed within an oval walled terrace with segmental stairs at each end. The fourth plan (drawing 13) elongated the 35 foot long apse to 65 feet giving a phallic form to the plan of the building that is now enclosed by terraces on an elongated trefoil (or assymetrical quatrefoil) plan incorporating a wall with niches, stairs and four pyramids 32:6 square. And is essentially the plan published in Soane's Designs public and private, 1832, plate xxxiv. Almost every part of the plan is compass-drawn.
In this drawing, Soane has added (in pencil) Roman-style cinerary urns on each corner of the pyramids; corresponding with another twelve ranged around the terrace, and places pedestals for statues against the building. Thus this plan relates to the later and more elaborate design recorded by drawings 14 and 15.



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