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Reference number

SM 65/4/30


Further design for the Gallery related to drawing 2


16 Elevation for the entrance front


bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot


Dulwich, omit these Urns, Pietyrs (sic, pencil), calculations and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (Soane) 29th April 1811

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (314 x 540)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and office assistant 1806-1837, curator 1837-1860) or George Allen Underwood (1793-1829, pupil 1807-1815) (both pupils recorded drawing views for Dulwich in the Soane office Day Book entry for 29 April 1811)


Soane removes the variant attic and lunette of drawings 6 and 7 and experiments with a raised parapet wall in the centre embellished with tablets and surmounted by cinerary urns which are then omitted.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, pp. 26 & 175



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