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Reference number

SM 45/1/5 recto and verso, 45/3/1

Purpose

Preliminary and finished measured drawings of aisled vestibule, courtyard, stair and loggia (2)

Aspect

1 Plan of aisled vestibule between the courtyard and the piazza in front of it; plan of courtyard; plan of stair from courtyard labelled B; plan of loggia facing Tiber labelled a
(verso) Part-section through carriage entrance and courtyard colonnade; detail of moulded base of Collonne del Cortile; detail of Doric capitals; plan of pier labelled Al di Sopra / Ordine Ionico; section through carriage entrance; detail of coffering labelled quadrato vero / Ornamentd 2 Finished plan

Scale

(2) bar scale of 1/10 in to 1 ft

Inscribed

(1) as above, dimensions given and (recto) Palazzo Farnese, Her[cules], (2) La Pianta del Palazzo Farnese Roma and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (1) Adi [Anno Domini] Nov. 18 1779 (2) Novre 18th 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on thin laid paper (275 x 400); pen and sepia wash, the pink and light blue washes added later, within single ruled border on laid paper (699 x 497)

Hand

Soane

Watermark

(1) dove on monti within a circle and F above (Heawood 166, 168), (2) J Whatman, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below

Notes

The crude colour washes of drawing 2 were added later as was the (brush and black ink) inscription PALAZZO FARNESE and CORTILE. Labelled (pencil) CORTILE 32 / Lect 5 and (red pen) 7 32, the drawing was used as a demonstration drawing for Soane's Royal Academy Lecture V (drawing 31).
Soane was obviously restricted to recording only the semi-public circulation areas of the Palazzo Farnese designed for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, later Pope Paul III, by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1484-1546) from 1517. An upper storey was added, together with other modifications, by Michelangelo from 1546. Completed by Giacomo della Porta, 1589, the Palazzo Farnese presently houses the French Embassy.

Literature

P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.268-9 (describes recto and verso No. 1 in detail); W.Lotz, revised. D. Howard, Architecture in Italy 1500-1600, 1995, pp. 57-60

Level

Drawing

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