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image SM (6) volume 42/18

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SM (6) volume 42/18


Preliminary design for the entrance


6 Rough elevation of gateway with twin fluted Corinthian 'portico in antis' raised on pedestals ornamented with fluted pilasters, and overall a tall parapet with panels flanked by fluted pilaster-strips and four sculpted figures

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Drawing 6 shows fluted columns, an aspect of earlier designs. As in drawing 5, the drawing shows one pedestal with a recessed panel and the other without, resulting in an assymetrical composition that would not have been the suggested design but, rather, a means of showing variant designs on one elevation. The drawing also includes figurative sculptures, another aspect of earlier designs, dating the drawing to between October 1795 and February 1796.



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