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Reference number

SM (63) 65/4/48 (64) 65/4/44


Preliminary alternative designs for the Mausoleum (2)


63 Elevation and section of Mausoleum and (verso, pencil and pen) incomplete elevation of Mausoleum, with some dimensions given 64 Elevation of the lantern and (verso, pencil) design for Greek key decoration


(63) bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot (64) bar scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot


63 altered from 8'.9 to 8'.3, stone, brickwork, dimensions given 64 dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (63) L. I. Fields / 29 April 1812 and added later 23rd May 1812 (64) datable to May 1812

Medium and dimensions

(63) Pen, pencil, sepia and rose pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (685 x 482) (64) pen and sepia wash on laid paper (404 x 251)


(63) George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-1816) (Day Book entry for 29 April 1812) with pencil additions by Soane (verso) Soane (64) Soane office with pencil additions by Soane


(64) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, GJ


In drawing 63 the Mausoleum has sarcophagi on the three projecting porches and a single urn above in the centre of the lantern. However other urns have been added to the elevation in pencil. These additional urns have been included on drawing 64. The second elevation shows a different design for the lantern and a variation on the incised grooves of the pilasters.

Drawing 63 shows a window with three arched lights, whereas drawing 64 shows a rectangular lattice window. There is just one pencil addition to this drawing and that is to elongate the canopied dome of the lantern. The first drawing shows a section into the entrance of the Mausoleum through an unadorned arch.


(64) C. Davies, 'Masters of building: the first independent purpose-built picture gallery: Dulwich Picture Gallery', Architect's Journal, April 1984, p. 47; (63-64) F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (63) pp. 77 & 187-188; (64) pp. 76 & 188



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