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Reference number

SM (1) 65/4/4 (2) 65/4/3 (3) 65/4/1

Purpose

Survey drawings of west wing, one dated 28 February 1811 (3)

Aspect

1 Plan of first floor and elevation / section of east front of Dulwich College 2 Incomplete elevation of East Side of West Wing and (verso, pencil) unfinished elevation of West Side of West Wing 3 Rough elevation of West Front

Scale

(1-2) bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

1 as above 2 as above 3 as above, 1661 (building date on central gable), *above the Plinth, some dimensions and a calculation given and (verso) Dulwich College twice

Signed and dated

(1) Feby 28 1811 (2-3) datable to early 1811

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen and pencil on wove paper (337 x 582) (2) pencil, hatching on wove paper (325 x 570) (3) pencil on laid paper with three fold marks (240 x 397)

Hand

(1-2) George Allen Underwood (1793-1829, pupil 1807-1815) (1) (Day Book entry for 28 February 1811) (2) (attribution by comparison of hands) (3) Soane office

Watermark

(3) Phipps & Son

Notes

Drawing 1 is the first dated drawing (28 February 1811) from Soane's office for Dulwich, that survives. However Soane's first visit to Dulwich College, after his commission as architect, was on 8 January 1811.

In Bourgeois's will he requested the refurbishment of the existing Gallery on the first floor of the west wing of the College, as shown on drawing 1. However the wing was in such a decrepit state that the building of an entirely new wing for the Gallery and the demolition of the west wing was proposed.

The seventeenth-century character of the original College building is particularly evident in drawings 2 and 3. The college is a symmetrical building with gables and transomed and mullioned windows, with the panes arranged diagonally in drawing 3.

Literature

F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (1) pp. 12 & 171; (2) pp. 13 & 171-172; (3) pp. 13 & 171

Level

Drawing

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