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SM (77) volume 71/43


Record of preliminary design for the later south-east Transfer Office lantern, 30 January 1819


77 Perspective of the lantern, barrel vaults and part of the adjacent vestibule dome

Signed and dated

  • Jany.30th.1819.


Soane office


Drawing 77 is probably a copy of a preliminary design; drawing, though the January 1819 pre-dates some of the designs (cf. drawing 79).

The perspective shows the Ionic columns surrounding the interior of the lantern as well as the balustrade shown in drawing 75 (though the octagonal roof cannot be seen, perhaps because of the low viewpoint). The dome behind the end-bay barrel vault must be that over the vestibule, to the north of south-east Transfer Office.



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