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Reference number

SM 45/1/7, 45/3/43

Purpose

Preliminary measured drawing and measured drawing (2)

Aspect

1 Plans of ground floor and (verso) plan of the Roman bath complex located at the end of the south wing of the Villa
2 Part-plan of ground floor, not finished

Scale

(2) bar scale of 1/17 in to 1 ft

Inscribed

(1) Gallery and (both recto and verso) dimensions given and calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on thick laid paper with four fold marks; pen, pencil within single ruled border on laid paper (382 x 539, 526 x 725)

Hand

Soane

Watermark

(2) J Honig & Zoonen and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with bell, and JH&Z below

Notes

The Villa was built by Carlo Marchionni (1702-86) for Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692-1779) and was completed in 1764. An aspect of the design that particularly interested Soane was the saloon or gallery that with other rooms, well lined with alcoves, housed the Cardinal's collection of classical sculpture arranged by Johann Winckelmann in 1765.

A further sheet of drawings with a plan and three elevations of the saloon and a plan of the piano nobile of the Villa Albani, made by Soane, is in the Victoria & Albert Museum (Box A131, no.3436.189 recto and verso. See P.du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, in series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', catalogue 5).

Literature

P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-1780, 1977, pp.272-4; D.Watkin, 'Sir John Soane's Grand Tour: its impact on his architecture and his collections', C.Hornsby, ed., The Impact of Italy: the Grand Tour and beyond, British School at Rome, 2000, pp.109-110

Level

Drawing

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