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Reference number

SM (1) 63/6/17 (2) 63/6/16

Purpose

Variant designs for the monument and a presentation drawing (2)

Aspect

1 Elevation and plan 2 Elevation and plan

Scale

(1-2) bar scale of 1 1/2 inch to 1 foot (3) bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

1 (pencil) A and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen and wash, pencil, on laid paper (290 x 490) (2) pen and yellow and grey washes, pencil, on wove paper (232 x 381)

Hand

(1) attributed to John Sanders (pupil 1784-90) (2) Soane office and Soane

Notes

The base of the monument is an inscribed tablet with tab-ends and brackets between two sarcophagal strigilated ends. Surmounting the tablet, a Doric aedicule frames an urn and is backed with a pedimented slab. The plans on both drawings show how the urn's pedestal projects further than the flanking columns.

In drawing 1, the pediment has a plain frieze and acanthus antefixes, with pencil alterations suggesting a motif in the tympanum. Drawing 2 is a development from drawing 1, having the same design and including the pencil alterations to drawing 1, such as an ouroboros on the pediment. The strigilated urn has serpents in the handles. Drawing 2 shows the backing slab as a yellow marble surface.

Drawing 2 also includes gestures of naval ornament, an unfitting inclusion for the banker Claude Bosanquet, but these pencil additions were probably included when Soane reused the drawing for his designs of the Bridport Monument, 1815-16 (q.v.).

Level

Drawing

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