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image SM 65/5/3

Reference number

SM 65/5/3


Working drawing for the Mausoleum and west front


65 Plan for Mausoleum lantern and elevation of south half of west front


(pencil) slight bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


(pencil) a calculation given

Signed and dated

  • datable to May 1812

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash on wove paper with one fold mark (555 x 1170)


Soane office




An altar has been added in pencil, presumably by Soane, at the front of the Mausoleum and a design for the windows is drawn in one of the arches of the arcade. The window design embodies the seventeenth century character of the original architecture, as seen in previous designs; a cross windows with a mullion and a transom. It is set within a pedimented frame.

It is a rather large elevation and is drawn on two pieces of paper pasted together and then folded.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, pp. 79 & 188



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