68 View of the Garden Front, 21 (three times), 40 x 20 (twice), Vestibule, View of the Principle Front and (pencil) Monthouse? Vol 5 plate 65
Signed and dated
- (66-67) datable to May 1812 (68) (pencil) May 23 1812
Medium and dimensions
(66) Pencil and sepia wash, shaded on wove paper (475 x 343) (67) pencil, sepia, rose madder genuine and burnt sienna washes, shaded on wove paper (309 x 447) (68) pencil, sepia, rose madder genuine, olive green and burnt sienna washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (595 x 480)
(66-67) Soane office (68) Robert Dennis Chantrell (1793-1872, pupil 1807-1814) or George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-1816) (both pupils recorded drawing views of the Mausoleum in the Day Book entry for 23 May 1812)
(67) not visible
The perspectives show further designs for the decoration of the Mausoleum. Drawing 66 is more elaborate with sarcophagi crowning the three projecting porches, a single urn mounted on the top of the lantern and seated lions at the top corners of the lantern. There is also a feint pencil sketch in the top left hand corner, of what looks to be a section of the lantern. Drawings 67 and 68 are very similar showing the Mausoleum with urns at the lantern corners and three Roman altars at the base. However there are slight variations. Drawing 67 has volutes at the corners of the canopied dome and drawing 68 has a pinnacle crowning the lantern. There is a feint pencil sketch on the margin of drawing 68 of what seems to be a decorative detail for the mouldings.
At the bottom of drawing 68 are small perspectives and a plan for the complete gallery range, putting the Mausoleum into context. The previous drawings have made the Mausoleum appear detached from the Gallery.
Drawing 68 is included in a vellum bound volume titled Miscellaneous / Drawings / of / Architectural Designs / Sir J. Soane / No. V.
F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (66) pp. 78 & 188; (67) pp. 82 & 189; (68) pp. 80 & 188
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