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image SM 65/4/58

Reference number

SM 65/4/58


Working drawing for Gallery


52 Sections through the Gallery showing skylights and carpentry framing for the roof


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (pencil) March 5 1812

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and brown wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (452 x 662)


Soane office


This later design uses octagonal skylights rather than the circular and rectangular skylights seen previously. The vaulted ceiling inside the galleries is also indicated.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, pp. 66 & 185-186



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