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image SM (5) 63/6/21

Reference number

SM (5) 63/6/21


Presentation drawing for the monument, datable to October 1788


5 Elevation; profile; section; and plan


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • October 1788 (see Notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and pink washes, watercolour technique, on laid paper (445 x 580)


John McDonnell (pupil 1786-91)


J Whatman and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and W below


In this final drawing, light and shadow effectively reveal the monument's depth and contours. The varying surfaces of the marbles are also represented, with grey Dove marble on the backing slab, white and grey veined marble on the aedicule and strigilated ends of the base, and white statuary stone on the tablets and urn.

Drawing 5 is probably the presentation drawing Thomas Neill (clerk, 1786-1793) brought with him on 24 October 1788 (Journal No 1). Soane's Journal No 1 records that the drawing was made by his pupil John McDonnell.



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