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Reference number

SM 63/6/14


[1] Design for a monument, c. 1786




bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1786
    datable to 1786

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash on wove paper pricked for transfer (361 x 292)


Soane office


A tabbed panel is over square brackets ornamented with paterae. Above is a strigilated urn projecting from a panel that is crowned with a segmental pediment between acanthus corners and surrounding an ouroboros motif. The backing is a darker stone in a tapered shape resembling an obelisk.

The executed monumental tablet has variant brackets and stone backing. The composition is the same, with the strigilated urn and ouroboros motif included. The shaded drawing could have been made for presenting to the client. Mary died in 1786. That same year, from May 1786, Soane made significant alterations and additions to Cricket Lodge (q.v.). It is likely that the architect was commissioned to build this modest monument in her honour.



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