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Reference number

SM (5) 63/6/55 (6) 63/6/54 (7) volume 60/85 (8) 63/6/53

Purpose

Design and preliminary alternative design for a monument, with a sarcophagus and scrolled acroterion, one dated 8 May 1815 (4)

Aspect

5 Elevation of a rectangular panel; (verso) rough pencil drawing of a sarcophagus-shaped monument, over a panel and surmounted by a scrolled acroterion 6 Elevation of design similar to verso of drawing 4; and rough details of ornament 7 Two elevations of a design similar to drawing 5 8 Elevation of a design as in drawing 6

Scale

(5) bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 1 foot, approximately (6) bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot, approximately (7) to a scale (8) bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

5 (Bailey) Design for a Monument to Lord Bridport 6 (Bailey) Sketch of a Monumental Tablet to the memory of the Viscount Bridport 7 (Soane) For Lord Bridport 8 Lord Bridport

Signed and dated

(5-6) (Bailey) 1816 but datable to early 1815 (7) 8 May 1815 (8) As sent 8th May 1816

Medium and dimensions

(5) Pencil, pen and wash on wove paper (337 x 525) (6) pencil and pen on wove paper (335 x 527) (7) pencil and pen on laid paper (166 x 180) (8) pencil and pen on laid paper (203 x 315)

Hand

(5-6) attributed to Soane, and titles added later by George Bailey (Soane Museum curator, 1837-60), inscriptions on versos by Robert Baldwin (fl.1762-c.1804) (7) Charles Tyrrell (1795-1832, pupil 1811-1816) and Soane (8) attributed to George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-16)

Watermark

(8) J Ansell 1812

Notes

The recto of drawing 5 is a preliminary design for a simple tablet surmounted by a scrolled acroterium, incorporating two paterae, a shell and palm leaves, placed in a frame formed by four (fluted?) architraves incised in the manner of pilasters. In the corner stops, ships' prows have been sketched in pencil. The outline of a pedimented backing slab has also been drawn in, in pencil.

The verso of drawingb 5, and drawings 6 to 8, show developing designs for a monument in the form of a sarcophagus.

In a letter dated 14 May 1815, Lady Bridport thanked Soane for his recent letter enclosing a proposed design, 'which as a drawing I greatly admire, but I am not certain that when executed for the church, it would quite suit my ideas; indeed in this undertaking I wish to be entirely satisfied' (Priv. Corr. XIII.H.28). Drawings 6 to 8, and the verso of drawing 5 show the design to which she refers. The sarcophagus is surmounted by a feature composed of two S-shaped scrolls, incorporating paterae and foliage and capped by a shell. Drawing 6 has an escallop between the scrolls and an imaginative arrangement of naval trophies, including flags, cannons and clouds of gun smoke behind the stern of a battleship. Drawings 7 and 8 show the acroterion as capped with a palm leaf-ornament, which is included as a rough design in the margins of drawing 6.

Drawing 6 shows an apron below the sarcphagus; in drawings 7 and 8 brackets have been added to either side of the apron.

As in drawing 4, the date inscribed by George Bailey on drawings 5 and 6 was added after the drawings were completed, probably when Bailey served as Soane Museum curator from 1837 to 1860, and in these cases Bailey's dates are inaccurate.

Level

Drawing

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