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Reference number

SM (82) 65/4/52 (83) 65/4/51


Record drawings for east and west fronts (2)


82 Incomplete elevation of the east front 83 Incomplete elevation of the west front


(82-83) bar scale of 1/10 to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • (82-83) datable to post-1815 because the Phipps & Sons watermark on drawing 83 is dated 1815

Medium and dimensions

(82-83) Pen on laid paper (300 x 485, 303 x 487)


Soane office


(82) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, P&S (83) Phipps & Sons 1815


Both these drawings are unfinished. Drawing 82 is without the entrance and drawing 83 is without the Mausoleum. Both drawings are minus the lanterns and chimney stacks. Nevertheless they show the scheme as executed with the closed arcade on the east front, and the almshouse windows set in recessed arches with blind rectangular windows above on the west front.

The date of the watermark on drawing 83 (Phipps & Sons 1815) suggests that these are record drawings drawn after the completion of building work in 1813.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (82) pp. 70 & 186; (83) pp. 70 & 186



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