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image Image 1 for SM (1) volume 60/166 (2) 10/1/32
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Reference number

SM (1) volume 60/166 (2) 10/1/32

Purpose

Early designs for a wall on Lothbury Street, one dated 1794 (2)

Aspect

1 North elevation of a rusticated wall of seven bays between oblique corners; in the centre, a horseshoe arched gate surmounted by four figurative statues in front of a tall attic, with pencil alterations to the gate 2 North elevation, and two part-elevations from the west and east, showing a wall with blind Tivoli windows, raised blind Corinthian porticos in antis at both corners and flanking either side of the entrance; Britannia statues surmount the attics at both corners and the centre bay, with a bucrania and festoon frieze and a serpant coiled around the latter; (verso) plan of a curving corner, north elevation as on the recto, but with lion sculptures and a wider gatehouse, plan of a 'portico' in antis, detail of archivolt and unrelated sketch of a figure

Scale

(1-2) bar scale

Inscribed

1 (pencil) 21 (twice) 2 App'd by Comee and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(1) (pencil) May 1794

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawings 1 and 2 are preliminary designs, showing a monumental and fortress-like barrier. Drawing 2 shows the influence of the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli, modeled in the bucrania frieze and the orders. The Temple of Vesta would continue to serve as a model for the wall's ornamentation but the design of the wall itself became less monumental.

Level

Drawing

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