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image Image 1 for SM (7) volume 69/55 (8) volume 69/56
image Image 2 for SM (7) volume 69/55 (8) volume 69/56
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Reference number

SM (7) volume 69/55 (8) volume 69/56

Purpose

Preliminary drawings by Joseph Michael Gandy of the circular temple, 3 Februrary 1800 (2)

Aspect

7 Rough perspective 8 Perspective of the temple in a landscape

Signed and dated

(8) Febry 3d 1800

Medium and dimensions

(7) Pencil on laid paper (234 x 370) (8) Pencil, pen and wash, within single ruled border on laid paper (234 x 370)

Hand

(7-8) J.M. Gandy

Watermark

(7) Buttanshaw 1794 (8) crowned cartouche with GR below

Notes

Gandy's rough drawings for the temple are probably preliminary designs for a lecture drawing (SM 14/4/3), dated 12 February 1800 and showing the temple set within a vast landscape. The temple has paired Doric columns at three corners, the three canted walls between them having pedimented doorcases set within round-headed relieving arches. The hexagonal two-storey structure is surmounted by a dome raised on a drum-shaped base, with the lower stage ornamented by a sash motif and the dome capped by a strigilated finial.

In the lecture drawing, strigilated finial supports a figurative statue of a Roman soldier. The drawing shows the temple in a garden setting, with a river in the distance backed by a range of mountains.

Level

Drawing

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