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Reference number

SM (269) 49/3/32 (270) 49/3/33

Purpose

Presentation drawings of capitals made for the Select Committee inquiry into the Office of Works and Public Buildings, 1828 (2)

Aspect

269 Three comparative elevations of columns 270 Details of two Corinthian capitals

Scale

(269) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

269 Order of the Three Columns in the Campo Vaccino, Height of / The Order of the 3 Columns / as executed at the / Board of Trade & / Council Office, Order from the Temple at Tivoli / as intended to have been used at the Board of Trade

Medium and dimensions

(269, 270) Pen and sepia wash on wove paper (500 x 495, 496 x 726)

Hand

(269, 270) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(269) J Whatman Turkey Mill (cut off)

Notes

The issue of the order of the capitals was raised at the Select Committee's Inquiry in 1828. Giving evidence, Soane related that 'the order originally selected by me was taken from the Temple at Tivoli; my object was to have it a facsimile, not only in proportion, but in the exact dimensions both as to the columns and entablature... instead of that order, which is the lightest and least decorated example we have of the Corinthian order, it is changed for the order of three columns in the Campo Vaccino, the most massive and richly ornamented of all the remains of antiquity' (1828 Report). The difference between the orders is shown in drawings 269 and 270.

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Drawing

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