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Reference number

SM (17) 65/4/13 (18) 65/4/15 (19) 65/4/16

Purpose

Presentation drawings for alternative designs No 4 and No 5 for the College on an enclosed quadrangular plan (3)

Aspect

17 Block plan (with view of trees added) for Design No 4 and (verso, pencil) rough elevation of the Gallery entrance front with domed attic-storey 18 Bird's eye view for Design No 4 / & / 5 19 Block plan for Design No 5

Scale

(17, 19) bar scale of 1/17 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

17 as above, No VIII, Dulwich College, Skylight Room, Gallery (twice), Mausoleum, (pencil) Cha, add: to gallery, staircase 1.5 18 as above, No X, (Soane) Dulwich College 19 as above, No XI, Dulwich College, Mausoleum, Gallery (twice), (Soane) Gallery, Entrance, Chapel

Signed and dated

(17) (Soane) Lins Inn Fields / May 1811 (18-19) (Soane) Lincolns Inn Fields / May 1811

Medium and dimensions

(17) Pen, pencil, sepia, rose pink and green washes, some watercolour technique, pricked for transfer, within an eight-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (324 x 468) (18) pen and coloured washes, watercolour technique, shaded, within an eight-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (322 x 467) (19) pen, sepia and rose pink washes, partly pricked for transfer, within an eight-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (341 x 530)

Hand

(17, 19) Soane office (18) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and Soane office assistant 1806-1837, curator 1837-1860) (attribution by comparison of hands)

Watermark

(19) Ruse & Turners 1805

Notes

The fourth design is a development of the quadrangular plan of Design No 1. The Mausoleum is now rectangular on plan and connects the east end of the chapel and the south end of the Gallery. The Mausoleum is shown with columns arranged in a circle and with a rectangular chamber behind that presumably is for the tomb.

The fifth design though similar to design No 4 locates the Mausoleum on the west side of the Gallery, projecting out from the centre, a more prominent position.
The bird's eye view most resembles design No 5 having the Mausoleum placed to the west of the Gallery.

On Thursday 16 May 1811, Soane records in his office Note Book a visit to Mr Allen at Dulwich when he handed over the first five designs and 'settled gen[eral] est[imate] of Gallery and finish and Mausol[eum] ab[out]: £8000 on a rough calculation'.

Literature

(18) C. Davies, 'Masters of building: the first independent purpose-built picture gallery: Dulwich Picture Gallery', Architect's Journal, April 1984, p. 53; (19) G. Waterfield, Soane and after: the architecture of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1987, pp. 30; F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (17) pp. 27 & 176; (18) pp. 28 & 176; (19) pp. 29 & 176

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Drawing

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