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Pictorial record drawing (made 1827 or later) by an unidentified hand of the Royal Academy Gold Medal competition design of 1776


21 Bird's eye view of Triumphal Bridge in an urban setting



Medium and dimensions

Watercolour, framed, dimensions not available


unidentified see Notes




All the other perspectives of Soane's triumphal bridge designs show them isolated in a landscape setting. Here, the previous lack of embankments, roads and the buildings of a large city have been amply supplied together with staffage including boats and bollards. A search through the SM office Day Books for 1827 has not revealed an author for the drawing. C.J.Richardson (1809-72) is a possible candidate; he was in the Soane office from 1824 to 1837 but a search under his name through the Day Books to 30 January 1830 reveals nothing.



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