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Reference number

SM (47) 65/4/35 (48) 65/4/18

Purpose

Presentation drawings for variant designs for Mausoleum facing west, 24 and 28 October 1811 (2)

Aspect

47-48 Perspectives of the west front with Mausoleum

Signed and dated

(47) Lincolns Inn Fields. Oct 24th 1811 (48) John Soane Archt and Lincolns Inn Fields / Oct 28 1811

Medium and dimensions

(47) Pen, coloured washes, watercolour technique, shaded, within eight-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (357 x 523) (48) pen, coloured washes, watercolour technique, shaded, within nine-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (356 x 519)

Hand

(47) pupil (George Bailey, George Allen Underwood and George Basevi are recorded drawing views of Dulwich in the Day Book entry for 24 October 1811) (48) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and Soane office assistant 1806-1837, curator 1837-1860) or George Allen Underwood (1793-1829, pupil 1807-1815) (both pupils recorded drawing views of Dulwich in the Day Book entry for 28 October 1811)

Watermark

(47) J Whatman 1808 (48) Joseph Ruse T (sic)

Notes

The decision to move the Mausoleum to the centre of the almshouses on the west side of the Gallery was made following a meeting with the Master at the College. And is recorded in Soane's Note Book on 15 November 1811; 'wishes to have the Mausoleum on the other front as form[erly] proposed - alter entrance into sisters' apartment'.

The drawings also show differing fenestration at first floor level and variant designs for the decoration above the cornice. Clerestory windows are introduced to light the Gallery instead of skylights. The false doors of the Mausoleum are now crowned with acroteria in the form of sarcophagi, ancient stone coffins, corresponding with the three sarcophagi inside the burial chamber. The foundations of the new Gallery were laid on 19 October 1811 but alterations and additions to the design continued to be made during construction.

Literature

F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (47) pp. 61 & 184-185; (48) pp. 62 & 185

Level

Drawing

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