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Reference number

SM (31) volume 70/15 (32) volume 70/17 (33) volume 70/19 (34) volume 70/21 (35) volume 70/22

Purpose

Site progress drawings of passage, 4 January - 10 January 1815 (5)

Aspect

31-35 Views showing arches in lantern domed bay at forty-five degree angle of diagonal passage under construction

Inscribed

31 View of the work at the new / Entrance to the Rotunda 32 View of the New Entrance to the Rotunda at the Bank

Signed and dated

  • (31) Wednesday Janry 4th 1815 (32) G Basevi Saturday Janry 7 1815 (33) G Basevi Taken January 10th 1815 (34) datable to January 1815 (35) G U Jany 7th 1815

Hand

(31-34) George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-1816) (35) G. U. (see note below)

Notes

The water pipe that is identified in drawings 8-9 can clearly be seen in these drawings, which helps to identify them as views of the lantern domed bay at the angle at which the passage changes direction into the diagonal route. The arches are to become part of the pendentive dome beneath the lantern. This bay is of an awkward shape due to its position as the passage changes direction, and so the arrangement of the arches is not symmetrical.
This bay cuts through one of the three offices Soane had inserted on the east side of the vestibule in 1791 and the views show the construction of the new passage within the pre-existing structure.

Drawing 35 could be in the hand of George Allen Underwood who was a pupil in Soane's office between 1807 and May 1815. It does seem to be of a different drawing style compared with the other drawings within the sketchbook and it has been pasted, rather than directly drawn into the book.

Level

Drawing

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