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image SM (114) P80 (F27)

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SM (114) P80 (F27)


Presentation drawing for the later south Transfer Office, 1818


114 Perspective, from the south-east corner

Signed and dated

  • 1818


J.M.Gandy (1771-1843)


Drawing 114 shows the later south Transfer Office in the process of construction. The decorative scheme recorded - swags between roundels under the lantern and an intricate checkerboard pattern coffering across the vaults and arch spandrels (including bead mouding and corbels) - was never employed, though the lantern caryatids were clearly intended from an early stage.

Woodward states that 'This is one of Gandy's rhetorical images. The scene is artfully composed to illustrate the finished design and also the process of its achievement. The chunks of masonry are carefully selected to represent the components of the design: a caryatid, pieces of the cornice and coffering, the terracotta cones... and so on'.


C. Woodward, Buildings in progress: Soane's views of construction, an exhibition catalogue for the Soane Gallery, 1995, p.14



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