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SM volume 60/205 volume 60/206


Imaginative reconstruction drawings made by J.M.Gandy, 1799-1800 (2)


17-18 Preparatory perspectives after Soane's amended design of 1777

Signed and dated

  • Janry 5th 1799 (that is, January 1800 ?); 3rd Decr 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, blue, green and yellow washes, watercolour technique, shaded within dark sepia wash border ; pencil, sepia washes, watercolour technique within single ruled border on laid paper (355 x 541, 325 x 556)


J.M.Gandy (1771-1843)


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below; J Whatman 1794


Gandy's perspectives follow some of the amendments Soane later made to the plan he drew in 1777 (drawing 14). The ground floor entrance and alcoves are widened and made lunette-like (but with imposts); the enlargement of the 'portico in antis' on the first floor was not carried out. These perspectives are very close to each other and to the framed perspective that follows. The only variations are in the view and watercolour treatment (more upward and with darker tints in the final perspective).

Reduced copy (by C.J. Richardson) in pen and watercolour of SM drawing 17 in the V&A Museum, see P.du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, in series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', catalogue 24.



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