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Reference number

SM (61) 65/4/53 (62) 65/4/50

Purpose

Final design for the Gallery (2)

Aspect

61 Elevation of one of the Ends 62 Elevation of the north end of the Gallery

Scale

(61) ¼ inch to 1 foot (62) bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

61 as above, Dulwich College, with dimensions given

Signed and dated

(61) Lincolns Inn Fields April 1812 (62) datable to April 1812

Medium and dimensions

(61) Pen, sepia and rose pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (477 x 680) (62) pen and sepia wash, shaded, pricked for transfer on laid paper (303 x 486)

Hand

(61) George Basevi (attribution by comparison of hands) (62) Soane office

Watermark

(62) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, P&S

Notes

These are the first drawings to clearly show what the ends of the Gallery look like. They show the two-storey almshouses in the end bays with double mullion windows in recessed arches, and flanked by panel pilasters. These windows were actually executed as blind windows, but were still set into recessed arches. Drawing 62 is a reduced copy of drawing 61, and was probably drawn later as a record drawing of the design.

Literature

F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (61) pp. 74 & 187; (62) pp. 75 & 187

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