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image SM volume 60/204

Reference number

SM volume 60/204


Pictorial record drawing


5 Perspective with trees in the background


(pen, G. Bailey, curator 1837-60) View of a Design for a Mausoleum and (verso, same hand) Sketch for a Design for a Mausoleum by Sir John Soane (Soane was knighted in 1832)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, raw umber, black and sepia washes, watercolour technique within double ruled and black wash border on laid paper (263 x 436)




The drawing comes from a large album of 'chiefly perspectives'. Too awkward to be a perspective by Gandy and not, for example, by Robert Smirke who made drawings 2 and 4, the hand remains unidentified but can be assumed to be that of a pupil in Soane's office.
The perspective of Soane's design (which is without the embellishments of drawing 4) shows one of the four concave fronts and three of the 'portico in antis' pavilion ends. Three of the four circular, strigilated pedestals crowned by trophies, can be seen and together with the leaf festoons held by doves perched on the parapet of the mausoleum are the only decoration for a relatively austere design.



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Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

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