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Reference number

SM (55) 65/4/24 (56) 15/1/3


Preliminary and presentation drawings for alternative design with entrance porch facing east (2)


55 Perspective of the east front with projecting entrance porch 56 Elevation of the entrance front (east front) and elevation of the front next the road (west front)


(56) bar scale of 1/8 to 1 foot


56 as above

Signed and dated

  • (55) datable to early 1812 (56) Lincolns Inn Fields April 13th 1812

Medium and dimensions

(55) Pen and sepia wash, shaded, within a single-ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (278 x 392) (56) pen, pencil, warm sepia, yellow ochre, burnt sienna and blue washes, watercolour technique, shaded, within a ten-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (504 x 710)


(55) Soane (56) pupil (George Bailey, George Allen Underwood and George Basevi recorded drawing elevations in the Day Book entry for 13 August 1812)


(56) Joseph R


Drawing 55 is consistent with the previous plans. The porch projects from the middle of the east front and mirrors the structure and design of the Mausoleum minus the lantern. Scrolled acroterion decorate the projecting doors, as previously designed for the Mausoleum (see drawings 36-40). It is a preliminary sketch design, drawn by Soane, which he then would have explained before handing the drawing over to a pupil to draw up to scale as a finished design.

Drawing 56 is a finished design for the previous working and alternative drawings for the east front. Although the entrance porch mirrors the design of the Mausoleum on the west front, it is wider and only a single-storey structure. There are arched windows within the projecting porch so it does not interrupt the rhythm of the arcade. The raised octagonal skylights are visible. The pediments previously drawn on the end bays are replaced with parapets with further octagonal skylights above.

A perspective of another design for the entrance porch can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 3307.108). This design shows the projecting central bay with a lantern above corresponding entirely with the Mausoleum on the west front.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (55) pp. 69 & 186; (56) pp. 71 & 186-187



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