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SM 12/5/7


Drawing for exhibition at the Royal Academy of Soane's R.A. Gold Medal competition design of 1776, made by J.M.Gandy, 1799


15 Bird's eye view with the bridge reflected in the river and set in a rural landscape among trees and rocks, with mountains in the background


49 (yellow wash)

Signed and dated

  • March 6th 17[99] (right hand bottom corner missing)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, raw umber, sepia, blue and green washes, watercolour technique, pencil, shaded within triple ruled and sepia wash border on thick wove paper (657 x 987)


J.M.Gandy (1771-1843)


1794 J Whatman


It is assumed that this is the drawing exhibited as a 'Design for a triumphal bridge', 1007, at the Royal Academy in 1799. Drawn by Gandy, the office Day Book for 11 February to 5 March 1799 shows him working on a 'Perspective View [or similar] of a Triumphal Bridge' for 18 working days.

Soane exhibited two drawings of a triumphal bridge in 1799 (see drawing 14). The annual Royal Academy exhibition always opened on 23 April of each year. The Day Book shows that the 'Putting [of] drawings into / frames for Exhibition' was done by Gandy and Seward on Friday 29 March 1799.

Inscribed on the verso of drawing 15 is: 4th Lecture 1820 R I and 6th Lecture 1819. When the drawing was used to illustrate Soane's lectures at the Royal Institution, it became necessary to remove the frame.



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