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image Image 1 for SM (79) volume 81/26 (80) volume 81/27 (81) volume 81/08
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Reference number

SM (79) volume 81/26 (80) volume 81/27 (81) volume 81/08

Purpose

Working drawings and record drawing for the timber framework of the Gallery roof (3)

Aspect

79 Section of the framework for the Gallery roof 80 Plan of the Gallery roof 81 Plan and section of the framework for the Gallery roof, a more developed design based on drawings 79-81

Scale

(81) bar scale 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

79 (pencil) 20 Blocks, 4 Pieces, this room same as the others, Middle Room, Centre, calculations and dimensions given 80 (pencil) all the uplights under these x / except the centre which just (sic), same as the other side, both sides alike, calculations and dimensions given 81 Middle room, dimensions given

Signed and dated

(79-80) datable to June 1812 (81) June 23rd 1812

Medium and dimensions

(79-80) Pencil on laid paper with one fold mark (271 x 429, 273 x 426) (81) pen, sepia and yellow ochre washes on laid paper (255 x 410)

Hand

(79-80) Soane office (81) George Basevi (Day Book)

Watermark

(79) G Jones 1809 (80) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, GJ (81) horn within crowned cartouche and below, EJ

Notes

The two rough working drawings (kept in the front pocket of Soane's record book, volume 81) are for the drawing made to scale and pasted into the record book; Dulwich College / Sketches of the Picture Gallery / the Mausoleum and Sisters' Apartments / made by the Pupils of Sir John Soane / during the progress of the Works, 1812. The drawings show the roof carpentry of the vaulted structure, supporting the skylights, as executed.

Drawings 79 and 80 are not recorded in Nevola's catalogue.

Literature

(81) C. Davies, 'Masters of building: the first independent purpose-built picture gallery: Dulwich Picture Gallery', Architect's Journal, April 1984, p. 62; F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, pp. 87 & 190

Level

Drawing

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