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Reference number

SM (33) 65/4/62 (34) 15/1/1 (35) 15/1/2

Purpose

Working drawing and presentation drawings for approved plan (3)

Aspect

33 Enlarged plan for the north half of the Gallery, as if viewed from College Road 34-35 Plans of the Gallery, as if viewed from Gallery Road

Scale

(34-35) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

33 Whole content 151:9, (pencil) calculation and dimensions given 34 Dulwich College, centre line (four times), dimensions given 35 Dulwich College, centre line (three times), closet (four times), (pencil) calculations and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(33) datable to July 1811 (34) Lincolns Inn Fields / July 17th 1811 (35) Lincolns Inn Fields 19th July 1811

Medium and dimensions

(33) Pen and rose pink wash, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (576 x 695) (34) pen, pencil, sepia and rose pink washes, pricked for transfer, within four-ruled black wash border on laid paper (612 x 957) (35) pen, pencil, sepia and rose pink washes, pricked for transfer, within a five-ruled pen and sepia and black wash border on wove paper (622 x 964)

Hand

(33) Soane office with pencil additions by Soane (34) pupil (George Bailey, George Allen Underwood and George Basevi recorded drawing plans of Dulwich in the Day Book entry for 17 July 1811) (35) pupil (George Bailey, George Allen Underwood, George Basevi and John Buxton recorded drawing plans of Dulwich in the Day Book entry for 19 July 1811)

Watermark

(34-35) J Whatman 1808

Notes

The plans include the arcade running along the east front, agreed at the meeting of 12 July. There are now four narrow entrances for the almshouses, which separate the east front into five sections; the two-storey end bays, the adjacent almhouse bays defined by three windows and the entrance vestibule for the Gallery in the centre. The drawings show the Mausoleum as a cruciform projection.

Drawing 33 shows fireplaces in the large Gallery rooms, indicated by niches in the wall, however, drawings 34 and 35 show only flues embedded in the Gallery walls. In the alternative plans Soane explores different heating options. In 'Heating methods and their impact on Soane's work: Lincoln's Inn Fields and Dulwich Picture Gallery', Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, 52/1, March 1993, pp. 26-58, Todd Willmert writes of Soane's indecisiveness about the heating of the Gallery. It is not known whether the Gallery had fireplaces or not but the central steam system would definitely have been the main source for heating the space. Fireplaces may have been employed to provide additional heat or purely for aesthetic purposes.

Literature

(35) C. Davies, 'Masters of building: the first independent purpose-built picture gallery: Dulwich Picture Gallery', Architect's Journal, April 1984, p. 59; (35) T. Willmert. 'Heating methods and their impact on Soane's work: Lincoln's Inn Fields and Dulwich Picture Gallery', Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, 52/1, March 1993, p. 53; (33-35) F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (33) pp. 48 & 182; (34) pp. 48 & 181-182; (35) pp. 49 & 182

Level

Drawing

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