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image SM volume 90/Plate IX

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SM volume 90/Plate IX


[267] Theoretical reconstruction of the ruins made for publication


Plan and elevations on four sides of the ruins, partly reconstructed


labelled Plate IX and Fig. 1

Signed and dated

  • c. 1832

Medium and dimensions

Pen, Potter's pink, olive green, burnt umber, ochre and sepia washes, watercolour technique within a single-ruled border, on laid paper (314 x 247)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


B. De Divitiis, 'Plans, Elevations and Perspective Views of Pitzhanger Manor-House', pp. 55-74, Architectural History Vol 48, 2005, p. 64-65; C. Woodward (ed.), Visions of ruin: architectural fantasies and designs for garden follies, exhibition catalogue, Sir John Soane's Museum 1999, p.30



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