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image SM volume 42/136

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SM volume 42/136


Revised design


7 Elevation, rough plans, part-plans and detail of sluice


to a scale (elevation)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia wash, pen, shading on laid paper (231 x 369)


Soane (see below for note on Dance)


(feint) roundel with (indistinct) dove (Italian ?)


It is tempting to attribute this drawing to George Dance since the draughtsmanship of the elevation and especially the use of wash suggests his hand. But the paper appears to be Italian and the following drawings which are by Dance are for quite different designs and, it is assumed, were made after Soane's return to London.The very rough plans show an H-plan flanked by fountains, four on each side, and a ? related elevation with a semicircular arch; and a part-plan that squares the familiar X-plan of earlier designs. Below the festooned parapet, the elevation is close to drawing 6 though greater in height. Above, all is different: the centre has a storey pierced by a lunette-shaped sluice gate crowned by a stepped pyramid rather than a dome; flanking the centre are sculptural capriccios and crowning it, on a wide, stepped pedestal, an equestrian statue. Below at ground level, sculpted figures pour water into a pool; on either side of the building are fountains.


P. du Prey, John Soane’s architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.277-8; P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.186



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