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Reference number

SM (5) 65/3/9 (6) 65/3/13


Alternative design for the temple (2)


5 Elevation; plan; rough plan; and unfinished elevation; (verso) plan of unidentified house 6 Elevation


(5) bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot (6) to a scale


5 9:0 (twice), 1:6, 1:1½, 6:0 6 (pencil, Soane) Prospect tower

Signed and dated

  • (6) Soane

Medium and dimensions

(5) Pencil, pen and wash on laid paper (530 x 452) (6) pen and sepia, burnt umber, blue and black washes, watercolour technique, on wash paper (191 x 298)


(5) Soane office and Soane (6) Soane


(5) J Whatman and fleur-de-lis over cartouche with W below


Drawing 5 is a preliminary design for the temple as in drawing 3. Pencil alterations were added to drawing 5 to show a variant design with an additional storey, as developed in drawing 6.

The temple is on a hexagonal plan with Doric projections at three corners. Drawing 5 has a round stairwell in the centre. Laying-out lines in pencil are included on the drawing, suggesting its use as a preliminary design.

The pencil alterations to drawing 5 include a straight-stair at the back wall, and apsidal ends on those walls facing the Doric projections. A front stair has been added leading to paired Doric columns, suggesting the removal of the entrance to a door between the paired columns; drawing 6 shows such an adjustment, with a window occupying the large front wall and the Doric columns framing doorways. Also in pencil on drawing 5, and developed in drawing 6, is an additional storey comprised of a circular-plan Ionic peripteral arrangement beneath the domed roof. A figurative statue has been added in pencil to the dome's finial in drawing 5 (as in lecture drawing 14/4/3).

Drawing 5 has a rough plan for a temple on a hexagonal plan, with one wall framed by paired columns on canted ends.



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