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image SM (77) 1/4/4

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SM (77) 1/4/4


Working drawing for the basement of the Waiting Room Court, 18 August 1803


77 Elevation; and sections of mouldings


bar scale


B, A, A, B

Signed and dated

  • Augt: 18th 1803


Soane office


The rusticated basement on the north side of the Waiting Room Court resembles Soane's 1776 Royal Academy competition design for a Triumphal Bridge (see SM 12/5/1, 12/5/2, 12/5/3) for which he won the Royal Academy's Gold Medal and a travel scholarship to Italy. The bridge design, apart from the superstructure, consisted of seven semicircular rusticated arches with ornamental pedestals on the piers between.



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