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Reference number

SM (31) 65/4/21 (32) 65/4/23


Presentation drawings for the Gallery (2)


31 West elevation for Entrance Front / next the road and (verso, pencil) rough outline plan of Gallery 32 East elevation for Entrance Front next the / Great Quadrangle and (verso, pencil) rough elevation of plinth? with calculations and a dimension of 1.6 given


(31-32) bar scale 1/9 inch to 1 foot


31 as above, Stone (four times), 27 Brick pilasters, Stone plinth, top part of cornice / stone, Dulwich College, The Picture Gallery (on building beneath pediment) 32 as above, (written later in Soane's hand) This elevation must be / altered to admit the / arcades as settled then / 12 July 1811, section through / the lobby between the Mausoleum / and the Great Gallery, 27 Brick pilasters, Stone plinth, Upper part of / cornice stone, Picture Gallery (on building beneath pediment)

Signed and dated

  • (31-32) Lincolns Inn Fields / 10 July 1811

Medium and dimensions

(31-32) Pen, warm sepia, yellow ochre and blue washes, watercolour technique, shaded, partly pricked for transfer, within a seven-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (331 x 526, 330 x 520)


(31-32) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and Soane office assistant 1806-1837, curator 1837-1860) (Day Book entry for 10 July 1811)


(31) Ruse & Turners 1805 (32) J Whatman 1808


The west elevation in drawing 31 is close to drawing 27. The main difference is that the end bays are narrower with only one window across, and they are two-storeys high. The building has a reduced eleven bay front. More decorative features are used on the Gallery, a modillion cornice and additional antefix on the parapets above the central and end bays. The inscriptions state that the building is to be built of brick, apart from the cornice and plinth which are to be made of stone. Drawing 32 is of the east front with a section through the lobby of the Mausoleum so the exterior design of the Mausoleum is not visible. The drawing does not include the arcade running along the east front, which was agreed at the meeting.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (31) pp. 44 & 180-181; (32) pp. 45 & 181



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