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Drawing for exhibition at the Royal Academy of the late design made by J.M.Gandy, 1799


15 Perspective showing front and side and set in a landscape with trees


A DESIGN FOR A MAVSOLEUM (original or added ? not known)

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n/a framed


J.M.Gandy (1771-1843)




The Gandy-drawn perspective was lithographed and published, with the plan, in Soane's Designs public and private, 1832. It was captioned 'View of a Design for a Mausoleum to the memory of the late Earl of Chatham, who expired in the House of Lords while performing his duty as a Peer of the Parliament'. The caption in the Royal Academy exhibition catalogue of 1799 was 'Design for a National Mausoleum'. Presumably, since the Earl of Chatham had been dead and buried for 21 years, Soane thought that a change of caption was necessary. The 1799 perspective (corresponding with Nos 13 and 14) was to be the last design made by Soane for the Chatham mausoleum.


P. du Prey, John Soane’s architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p.138



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