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SM (4) 65/4/2 (5) 65/4/5


Survey drawings of the College, and of the Chapel, one dated 5 June 1811 (2)


4 Ground plan of Dulwich College, first and second floor plans and Section of the Left [east] Wing and Section of the Right [west] Wing and (verso, pencil) slight unidentified plan 5 Plan of the Chapel and (verso, pencil) unidentified plan with some dimenions given, the largest 25.4


(4) bar scale of 1/17 inch to 1 foot (5) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


4 as above, The Establishment consists / of A Master Mr Allen 4 Rooms / Warden Mr Allen 3 Do / Minister Mr Smith 3 Do 1 Cellar / School Master Mr Julian 4 Do 1 Do / An Usher Mr Corry 3 Do 1 Do / Organist Mr Dowell 1Do 1Do / No. 6 Old Women 6 Do / 6 (sic) Old Men 12 Do / 12 Boys 2 Do / Butler 2 Do / Cook 2 Do / Scullery Maid 1 Do / House Maid 3 Do, with rooms labelled 5 as above, Line of Gallery and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (4) June 5th 1811

Medium and dimensions

(4) Pen, sepia and rose pink washes and pencil, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (344 x 579) (5) pen, pencil and sepia wash, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (331 x 561)


(4-5) George Allen Underwood (1793-1829, pupil 1807-1815) (4) (Day Book entry for 5 June 1811) (5) (attribution by comparison of hands)


The west (or 'left') wing of the College consists of single rooms for the six almswomen while the three-storey east (or 'right') wing has two rooms for each of six almsmen on the ground floor and on the two floors above are the double-height school room and rooms for the minister, school master, usher and servants. Located on the south side are the chapel, dining rooms and kitchen offices. The chapel was the only part of the College which was preserved. The plans of the chapel in the drawings show the buttresses projecting from its exterior.


F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (4) pp. 14 & 171-172; (5) pp. 15 & 172



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