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image SM (72) volume 42/77

Reference number

SM (72) volume 42/77


Studies for vault and pilaster on lantern dome scheme


72 Rough axonometric and section of vault, and detail of pilaster capital - a variant on drawing 71 and (verso, pencil) rough alternative detail of pilaster capital

Signed and dated

  • datable to December 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid secretary paper with three fold marks (320 x 202)


George Dance (1741-1825)


Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch in crowned roundel and bell below, and part of W


The rough design of the pilaster on the verso shows the capital with three small roundels. The pilaster on the verso is very close to the design of drawing 71. It shows the triple-fluting, as realised, and also a stylised anthemion design for the cap and a projecting cornice, which was not realised. The executed design was much simpler, reducing the capital to a continuous architrave with a Greek key moulding and omitting the cornice. This was unorthodox.
The drawings on the recto and verso of drawing 72 are not included in Daniel Abramson's catalogue of drawings for the Bank Stock Office. However, they are included in Jill Lever's Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) ... from the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, p. 354.



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