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Reference number

SM (2) 14/3/1 (3) 14/3/2 (4) 14/3/3 (5) 14/3/4

Purpose

Presentation drawings showing four alternative designs, 1791 (4)

Aspect

2 Perspective of a first design, showing a Corinthian colonnade at the front and a ground floor rusticated arcade at the side elevation, between three-bay projecting corner pavilions crowned by raised domes 3 Perspective of design No 2, showing a Corinthian colonnade on all sides between three-bay projecting corner pavilions crowned by raised domes 4 Perspective of design No 3, showing a ground floor arcade surrounding the building, between three-bay projecting corner pavilions crowned by raised domes 5 Perspective of design No 4, showing a ground floor arcade forming the basement for a Corinthian colonnade that extends the length and sides of the buliding between the three-bay corners, with a recessed attic stage rising from behind

Inscribed

3 as above, (upper case) Design for the Opera House proposed to be built on the site of Leicester House and Garden 4 as above, (upper case) Design for the Opera House proposed to be built on the site of Leicester House and Garden 5 as above, (upper case) Design for the Opera House proposed to be built on the site of Leicester House and Garden

Signed and dated

(3) John Soane Archt 1791 (4) John Soane Archt 1791 (5) John Soane Arch1791

Medium and dimensions

(2) Pencil, pen and coloured washes, including sepia, black, blue and Payne's grey, within double-ruled and wash border on wove paper (1012 x 635) (3) pencil, pen and coloured washes within doubled-ruled black and grey wash border on wove paper (1071 x 681) (4) pencil, pen and coloured washes within doubled-ruled black and grey wash border on wove paper (1058 x 686) (5) pencil, pen and coloured washes within triple-ruled black and grey wash border on wove paper (1144 x 718)

Hand

(2-3, 5) Soane office (4) Soane office and figures added by A. Van Assen

Notes

The building is on a regular rectangular plan with shouldered corners. Drawings 2 to 4 show rusticated ground and first floors surmounted by a plain attic and a bracketed cornice. The corners of the building project and carry domes raised on drums, each drum ornamented with a royal coat of arms. The roof line is ornamented at bay intervals by pedestals supporting statues and trophies of theatre motifs. Two drawings show an arcade at the ground floor; drawing 3 has colonnades. Drawing 5 is a different form, having a colonnade surmounting the rusticated arcade.

Drawings 3 to 5 were later used for Soane's Royal Academy Lecture series, in lectures 2 and 3. Drawing 3 is on a thicker piece of wove paper, usually the type of sheet used for Soane's lecture drawings. This drawing may have been produced especially for Soane's lectures in the 19th century, but the others appear to be originally produced in 1791 and altered (borders and titles made) for presentation at the lecture.

Level

Drawing

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