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Reference number

SM (6) 65/4/29 (7) 65/4/28


Preliminary alternative designs for the Gallery (2)


6 Front and rear elevations 7 Front elevation for the new Gallery, a more developed design based on drawing 6


(6) bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot (7) bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot


7 Dulwich College

Signed and dated

  • (6) datable to before 4 April 1811 (7) April 4th 1811

Medium and dimensions

(6) Pencil and sepia wash, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (314 x 540) (7) pen, pencil and sepia wash on wove paper (312 x 539)


(6) Soane office (7) George Allen Underwood (1793-1829, pupil 1807-1815) (Day Book entry for 4 April 1811)


Drawing 6 is the first proposal for the new Gallery. In his will, Bourgeois had asked for the refurbishment of the existing gallery on the top floor of the west wing of the College. However Soane actually designed a whole new wing. The building has an eleven-bay front with projecting end bays. The elevations show, in altered forms, an attic storey crowning the central bay with a lunette window, and projecting end bays and entrance porch. There is a Classical treatment to the building with the use of pediments, panelled pilasters, balustrade and antefix but a seventeenth-century character is suggested by the use of tall cross windows with a mullion and a transom.

Drawing 7 is the earliest securely dated drawing for the Gallery, Nevola wrote that the 'simple block-like character of the porch and attic recalls the Neoclassicism of ... Ledoux'. A finished version of this elevation is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 3306.176). See drawing 16 for a closely related elevation dated 29 April 1811.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, pp. 17 & 172



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