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image SM volume 26, p. 15

Reference number

SM volume 26, p. 15

Purpose

Reconstruction of the Pantheon as completed by Agrippa, Marcus Aurelius and other emperors

Aspect

5 Elevation

Scale

Same as for 4

Inscribed

By Gibbs in pen and brown ink over pencil, C, D, E on drawing, and beneath sheet in lower part of p. 15, C. Front of the portico made by Marcus Agrippa. / D. The Antient Pediment, appearing above that of Agrippas / E. The Tympan of the pediment made by Marcus Agrippa adorned with some history but now demolished.

Signed and dated

1740s

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink with grey wash over pencil under drawing; on laid paper; 135 x 150.

Hand

James Gibbs

Watermark

none visible

Notes

Gibbs modifies his elevation of the Pantheon as he did in 1, above, and also modifies Fontana's version of Agrippa's embellishments (Fontana, p. 465, top). He adds an over-door window above the main entrance and omits the pedestals with statues in front of the outer columns. He eliminates statuary from the pediments and does not show the folded-back doors either side of the entrance.

Literature

T. Friedman, James Gibbs, p. 57, pl. 31.

Level

Drawing

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