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SM 45/1/35


Final design exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1779


7 Elliptical plan with twin curved wings


to a scale


DESIGN FOR A BRITISH (and) SENATE HOVSE (within in two tablet-like labels, in sans serif (sic) lettering)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, cream background wash, poché and grey wash, pencil within black triple ruled and wash border, on laid paper, backed (591 x 940) The position of the inscribed labels suggest that the drawing was to be viewed in a landscape format though, conventionally, it would be read vertically so that the entrance is at the bottom of the sheet


Unidentified ? Italian hand


J Honig & Zoonen and cartouche with beehive


A comparison with drawing 6 by Dance shows that Soane followed it closely adopting the larger curved wings rather than the short straight ones.
The verso is inscribed (red pen, twice) No 52 6 Lect. 1819 and (pencil) 6th Lecture 1817, 6th Lecture 1819 No 60, Lect 2 No 19 1819, 21 Lect 2nd 1832 and (pen) 50. Thus the drawing was re-used as a lecture drawing.The drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy 1779, No. 308 'Plan, elevation, and section of a British Senate House'



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