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Reference number

SM volume 66/31, SM volume 66/30, SM volume 62/77

Purpose

Record drawings (3)

Aspect

2 Elevation with (Soane, pencil) sketch detail of a bay with a niche replacing a roundel 3 Copy of drawing 1 (plan) 4 Copy of plan and elevation to a reduced scale

Scale

bar scale of 1/6 in to 1 ft; bar scale of 1/8 in to 1 ft; bar scale of 1/12 in to 1 ft

Inscribed

(3) as drawing 1

Signed and dated

(2, feint pencil) D. Laing Decr 17 [cut, 1795] (4, feint pencil) Smirke Octr15 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, sepia, green and yellow washes, shaded on laid paper (495 x 700); pencil, pen and light red wash on laid paper (495 x 702); pen, sepia and blue washes on laid paper (365 x 233)

Hand

(2) David Laing (pupil, 1790-6) / Soane; (3) David Laing; (4) Robert Smirke (pupil, 1796-7)

Watermark

(2-3) Edmeades & Pine 1794 (4) IV

Notes

These copies or record drawings of the lost original elevation (and of the plan, to the same scale) were made by David Laing (1774-1856), a pupil in Soane's office (articled 8 January 1790). A further copy was made by Robert Smirke (1780-1867) who, because of a falling out with Soane, was a pupil only from 1796 to 1797. (On Laing and Smirke see H.Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects, 1600-1840, 3rd ed. 1995)

The sculptural programme of the elevation amply demonstrates the building's function.

Jill Lever, September 2005

Literature

P. du Prey, John Soane’s architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.75-6; P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.57-9; P. du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, in series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', catalogue 7-8 (further copies)

Level

Drawing

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