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image SM volume 60/174

Reference number

SM volume 60/174

Purpose

Imaginative reconstruction drawing of Soane's design for a Triumphal Bridge accepted by the Parma Academy in 1780, made by J.M.Gandy, January 1799

Aspect

13 Preparatory perspective showing river and entrance fronts with stormy sky and mountains in the background

Inscribed

(pen, G.Bailey, curator 1837-60) View of a Design for a Triumphal Bridge made by Mr Soane at Parma 1780

Signed and dated

Janry 21th 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue, green, charcoal grey and yellow washes, watercolour, pencil, shaded on laid paper (475 x 736)

Hand

J.M.Gandy (1771-1843)

Watermark

I Taylor

Notes

One of seven perspectives of Soane's designs for a Triumphal Bridge made by J.M.Gandy in 1799. A less finished, more free drawing than the others - the feint pencil outline of clouds and trees unerased - it was probably a preparatory drawing for the finished perspective that follows (drawing 14).

The perspective shows a seven-arched bridge with a domed centre and twin shallow, drum-like buildings supporting sculpture at each end. These 'drums' are the pivots to a semicircular carriage entrance that returns on each side with a semicircular corridor (for travellers on foot) embracing a wide flight of steps to the river.

An entry in the office Day Book for Tuesday 29 January 1799, has a note 'Mr Soane / Perspective Sketch of a Bridge / Gandy' that confirms the date on the drawing.

Level

Drawing

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