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SM volume 42/102


Rough design by George Dance differing from Nos 8-9


10 Elevation of a two-storey, seven-bay building fronted by a ? reservoir with a ? sluice gate and with three satirical figures added

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper, stuck down (194 x 258)


George Dance (1741-1825)


The relationship between the architecture and the function of a reservoir is not clear. The humorous, over-sized nude figures perched on the building are characteristic of Dance (see, for example, J.Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) …, 2003, catalogue [112]) and were probably a satirical response to the figures on drawing 6. This design does not relate to any other of the designs for a Castello d'acqua - by Soane or Dance.


P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.185



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