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image SM volume 62/2

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SM volume 62/2


Record drawing (made in 1796) of the Royal Academy Gold Medal competition design of 1776


9 Copy to a reduced scale of cross section


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • (pencil) Smirke and Octr 29th 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light blue washes, pencil, shaded, within single ruled border on thin laid paper (231 x 369)


Robert Smirke (pupil, 1796-7))


A close copy to a reduced scale of Soane's Royal Academy Gold Medal Design - Section through the Center Building (see drawing 4).
Robert Smirke (1780-1867) was briefly a pupil in Soane's office from1796 to 1797. (The office Day Book from October 24 1796 onwards is missing and thus cannot be checked for an entry by Smirke.)



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