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SM 13/2/5


Final design exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1779


8 THE PRINCIPAL FRONT OF A DESIGN FOR A SENATE HOUSE (in serif capitals within a tablet-like label)


to a scale


as above

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

Pen, light blue, sepia, burnt sienna and black washes, shaded, watercolour technique within double ruled and black wash borders on laid paper, three sheets joined, previously cloth backed (509 x 2550)


Unidentified ? Italian hand


J Honig & Zoonen and cartouche with beehive


Of the alternative decorative treatments for the front on either side of the central dome, shown by Dance on drawing 6, the giant order and pediments have been preferred. More sculpture has been added including eight handsome freestanding trophies. Dance's design has been closely followed.
The drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy 1779, 308 'Plan, elevation, and section of a British Senate House'



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