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SM (29) P127 (30) volume 12/11


Royal Academy exhibition drawing by J. M. Gandy, 1798 (2)


29 Imaginary view of the Rotunda and the Four Per Cent Office in ruins 30 Study for drawing 29

Signed and dated

  • (29-30) 1798


(29-30) Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843)


Drawing 29 was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1832 under the title 'Architectural Ruins: a vision'. It shows the Rotunda in an imaginary future, as a reminder of a past civilization just as the Roman ruins served Soane's contemporaries. The drawing's approach is similar to the imaginary views drawn by other architects, such as Robert Adam, and the etchings of past artists, such as Piranesi. The imaginary view placed Soane's Rotunda among the revered ruins of antiquity.

Literature: M. Richardson & M. Stevens (eds), John Soane architect: master of space and light, Royal Academy of Arts, 1999, p. 231, cat. 133; C. Woodward, In Ruins, 2001, pp. 160-165; J. Wilton-Ely, The Mind and Art of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1978, pp.115, plates 70 and 74)



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