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image SM 8/5/7

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SM 8/5/7


[12] Alternative design for a state bed, 1788


Copy of an elevation of a bed in an alcove, the bed with a finial derived from that of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens


bar scale of 7/16 inch to one foot

Signed and dated

  • 1788
    datable to 1788 see notes in group folder

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (525 x 362)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office: John McDonnell, pupil 1786-9 or John Sanders, pupil 1784-90.


J Whatman


C. Woodward, 'William Beckford and Fonthill Splendens: early works by Soane and Goodridge', Apollo, February 1998, pp.34-35,37, figs 9-10



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