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SM 45/1/10


Preliminary design drawn by George Dance, 1776


1 Part-elevation showing the centre and the left-hand colonnade of the entrance front


to a scale

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and sepia wash on laid paper (377 x 477)


George Dance (1741-1825)


J Whatman


An early and unfinished design in which the essentials for the entrance front (as in drawing 3) are set out. The main lines of the design such as the arch, Corinthian colonnade, domes and pediment are not fully drawn. Some lines are ruled and others are not, there is some pencil under-drawing but pen is also used directly, there is wash and also hatched pencil shading. The sculptural elements, including a columna rostrata and cylindrical pedestals with trophies are in Dance's hand. The horizontal, vertical and other pen lines that define the architecture are by the same hand that drew the sculpture. However, they may represent a summary of Soane's design to which Dance has merely added his suggestions for sculpture. Some elements of the design as, for example, the use of a roundel over a niche can be found in Dance's Parma Academy design for a public gallery,1763 ( see J.Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) …, 2003, catalogue [17]).



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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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