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Reference number

SM (53) 65/4/61 (54) 65/4/63

Purpose

Working drawing and alternative design for Gallery with additional projecting entrance porch facing east (2)

Aspect

53 Enlarged ground floor plan for south half of the Gallery and (verso, pencil) rough elevation of antefix 54 Outline plan of the Gallery, as if viewed from Gallery Road

Scale

(53) bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot (54) bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

53 Altar (twice), Mausoleum, Chapel, Sarcophagus (three times), Picture Gallery, Arcade, some calculations and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(53) (Soane) Dulwich College / 1811 (54) datable to early 1812

Medium and dimensions

(53) Pen, pencil and rose pink wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (480 x 690) (54) pen, pencil and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (524 x 657)

Hand

(53-54) Soane office (53) with pencil additions by Soane

Notes

Although drawing 53 is dated 1811, it is probable that the added square of paper on the bottom left was added at a later date, perhaps late 1811 or early 1812. This addition to the drawing shows the plan for the new east entrance porch, following the decision to move the Mausoleum to the west after a meeting at the College on 15 November 1811. A structure projecting from the centre of the building is designed on the east facade echoing the structure of the Mausoleum opposite on the west side. However the entrance porch is slightly wider. Around the plan of the Mausoleum on drawing 53 Soane has sketched-in additional sarcophagi and altars.

Drawing 54 shows the complete outline of the Gallery with the Mausoleum on the west side and the new entrance porch on the east front. The entrance porch is not shown with grey wash like the rest of the building, supposedly to draw attention to its addition.

Literature

F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (53) pp. 67 & 186; (54) pp. 68 & 186

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Drawing

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