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Reference number

SM (13) 63/7/5 (14) 63/7/28 (15) 63/7/21 (16) 63/7/22 (17) 63/7/20 (18) 63/7/23

Purpose

Stage IV: entrance gateway to the vault, enclosing walls and balustrade, 28 February 1816, 2 March 1816 (6)

Aspect

13 Elevation of south side of tomb showing two walls with plain domed caps , and with part cross-section through the sunken area, 4 feet 6 inches deep and with rough (pencil) revised plan for that area so that it lies parallel with the monument and measures roughly 9 by 3½ feet. Verso: (pencil) compass-drawn circle, and cone 14 Elevation of semicircular arched entrance (about 8 feet high in all) crowned by a segmental pediment with a large scroll on each side (acroterion), flanking walls (3 feet 4½ inches high) stopped by pedestals, one with a domed cap, the other with an alternative pedimented design. Pencil additions include rough alternative designs for an acroterion with triangular pediment with variant antefixes. Verso: feint pencil variant details of entrance with lintel (no arch) and of pier, and pedestal with acroterion 15-18 Perspectives from different viewpoints of the same design for the canopy and aedicule with its enclosure and square-headed entrance with heavy lintel crowned by an acroterion. Verso of drawing 16: rough pencil studies for a monument in the form of a domed cupola, another with a sarcophagus raised on columns and another with a stepped base, domed roof and sculpted winged figure

Scale

(13) bar scale of 1/14 inch to 1 inch (14) bar scale of feet 1/7 inch to 1 inch (15-18) to a scale

Inscribed

14 top of Cill, Level of Ground, Brickwork (twice), dimensions given, (pencil) A, B, B, C, A projects before B ¾ In / A Projects before C 1½ / B projects before C (verso) some dimensions given and Gi5

Signed and dated

(14) 28 Feb:ry 1816 (15) (pencil) 2d March 1816

Medium and dimensions

(13) Pen, grey, burnt sienna and burnt umber washes, pencil, shaded on laid paper (540 x 363) (14) pen, grey wash, pencil, partly pricked for transfer, shaded on laid paper (377 x 535) (15-18) pencil, blue and warm sepia washes, some watercolour technique on laid paper (373 x 535 average)

Hand

(13-14) Soane (15-18) George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-16)

Watermark

(13-15, 18) Phipps & Son 1809 (16-17) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and PS below

Notes

The office Day Book entry for 28 February 1816 has Basevi, Tyrrell and Parke 'Drawing view/designs for a Monument'. The entry for Saturday 2 March has Basevi 'Finishing drawing of Monument and making two slight sketches for another drawing' while Parke was 'Drawing various designs for a Monument'.

Stage IV of the design for the Soane monument (drawings 13-23) shows the monument raised on a plinth and with enclosing walls that were to become more elaborate in Stage V. An important element of Stage IV is the proposal for a gateway to the sunken area or pit in front of the vault, on the west side. Whether this was intended to have a stair or had a stair that has since been removed, is not known (see Notes to drawings 9-12). In execution, the gateway was omitted.

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