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Reference number

SM (8) 65/4/43 (9) 65/4/6 (10) 65/4/7 (11) 65/4/8

Purpose

Presentation drawings for alternative Design No 1 for the College on a quadrangular plan (4)

Aspect

8-9 Block plans 10-11 Bird's eye views

Scale

(8-9) bar scale of 1/17 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

8 as above, Dulwich College, Arcade (three times), labelled Stair room, Rooms for the / person app[oint]ed / to look after the / pictures, Mausoleum, Chapel, Tower, Porch 9 as above, No I, Dulwich College, Plan No 1, Gallery, Mausoleum, Chapel, Tower, Porch 10 as above, No II, Dulwich College 11 as above, No III, Dulwich College, The Mausoleum placed with the Gallery

Signed and dated

(8) (Soane) L. I. Fields / 17 April 1811 (9) (Soane) April 1811 (10) (Soane) Lincolns Inn Fields / 17 Ap: 1811 and April 1811 (11) (Soane) L. I. Fields / May 1811

Medium and dimensions

(8-9) Pen, sepia and rose pink washes, partly pricked for transfer, within a five-ruled pencil and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (488 x 700, 353 x 518) (10-11) pen and coloured washes, watercolour technique, shaded, within a six-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (325 x 468)

Hand

(8, 10) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and Soane office assistant 1806-1837, curator 1837-1860) (Day Book entry for 17 April 1811) (9, 11) Soane office

Watermark

(8-11) Ruse & Turners 1805

Notes

The first design for Dulwich College was on a quadrangular plan, open to the east. The east and west wings of the College are outlined in pen indicating demolition. Although the south wing remains, its west half is completely remodelled to match the chapel on the east half. Pink wash is used to indicate building alterations and additions. This new quadrangular plan is sited to the south of the existing south range of the College.

In the second plan the Gallery is clearly labelled in the new south wing opposite the chapel. However in the bird's eye views the Gallery has been moved to the west side of the quadrangle. The Mausoleum is a two-storey cubic structure attached to the south-east corner of the chapel. In his will, Bourgeois had requested that the Mausoleum would be attached to the chapel. However, in the second bird's eye view the location of the Mausoleum is unclear though the inscription states placed with the Gallery, which suggests it is on the west side of the quadrangle. In these first few designs the position of the Mausoleum seems to be of relatively minor importance.

Literature

(10) G. Waterfield, Soane and after: the architecture of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1987, p. 27 (8-11) F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (8) pp. 19 & 173; (9) pp. 20 & 173; (10) pp. 21 & 173-174; (11) pp. 20 & 174

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Drawing

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