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Reference number

SM 65/4/47


Progress drawing


106 Perspective of west front under construction

Signed and dated

  • datable to mid 1812

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and coloured washes, watercolour technique, shaded, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (372 x 582)


Soane office


This perspective is perhaps a copy of a progress view, in preparation for the Royal Academy lecture drawing, as it is not drawn in the record book like the other drawings, but on a larger loose sheet of wove paper.

An enlarged version of the view was drawn by a pupil as an illustration for Soane's twelfth Royal Academy lecture from the second series about construction on 12 March 1815 (SM 15/2/11). The drawing is of an almost identical view of the west front under construction but it is drawn in greater detail and shows the addition of the amber glass and false doors of the Mausoleum. There is also more of a building site drawn in the foreground and trees in the background, with workmen added to give an impression of the scale of the new Gallery.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, pp. 115 & 194



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