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  • image SM volume 81/10

Reference number

SM volume 81/10


Record drawing for sarcophagus ornament


78 Elevation of a sarcophagus for the exterior of the Mausoleum


bar scale of 1/13 to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • C T July 6th 1812

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow ochre and warm sepia washes on laid paper (192 x 250)


Charles Tyrrell (1795-1832, pupil 1811-1816)


not visible


The drawing shows the final design for the acroteria sarcophagus crowning the three projecting false doors of the Mausoleum, as executed. They were to be made of Portland stone with incised grooves, shallow pediment and antefixae. This is not a progress drawing made on site but presumably a copy made as an exercise by Charles Tyrrell from a working drawing, similarly to drawings 77 and 81, which were then drawn in the record book (volume 81), inscribed 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.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, pp. 89 & 190-191



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