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image Image 1 for SM volume 42/98, 42/99
image Image 2 for SM volume 42/98, 42/99
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SM volume 42/98, 42/99


Rough alternative designs by George Dance (2)


8 Rough semi-elliptical plan, elevation of an arched structure with water and ? rocks indicated, section of a 5-storey water tower, and slight details
9 Rough plan of a semi-oval ? pool with a pair of pavilions, and alternative elevations showing water towers flanking an arch


8 calculation

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (339 x 249, 330 x 224)


George Dance (1741-1825)


(8-9) fleur-de-lis


The attribution to George Dance of drawings may seem unlikely since between 1778 and 1780 Soane was in Italy and Dance in London. The draughtsmanship is rapid and coarse except for the elevation of drawing 8 and details of the top elevation of drawing 9. The idea of water towers differs from Soane's proposals. These rough drawngs may have come out of a post-Italy discussion between the two men.



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