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Reference number

SM (59) 65/4/56 (60) 65/4/55

Purpose

Final design for the Gallery (2)

Aspect

59-60 Elevations of the south half of the east front

Scale

(59-60) ¼ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

59 Elevation of half the Entrance Front, Dulwich College, level of ground, dimensions given 60 dimensions given

Signed and dated

(59) Lincolns Inn Fields April 13th 1812 (60) datable to 1812

Medium and dimensions

(59) Pen, pencil, sepia and rose pink washes on wove paper (460 x 660) (60) pen, pencil, sepia and burnt sienna washes, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (416 x 659)

Hand

(59) George Bailey (George Bailey, George Allen Underwood and George Basevi are recorded drawing the Gallery in the Day Book entry for 13 April 1812; attribution by comparison of hands) (60) Soane office

Notes

These elevations show the building as executed. Blind windows run along the entire length of the first floor above the closed arcade of unadorned arches. To the left of the building on drawing 59 is a rough pencil design for a chimney stack on the flat skyline, which we see fully designed in drawing 77. There is another pencil addition on the end bay of a pediment similar to that seen in drawing 57 but this idea was abandoned. Drawing 60 is an exact copy of drawing 3 to the same scale.

Literature

F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (59) pp. 73 & 187; (60) pp. 72 & 187

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Drawing

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