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image SM volume 42/50

Reference number

SM volume 42/50


Variant designs


Elevation of base and of semicircular tablet for inscription of first design and (Soane) small sketch elevation of amended design and feint sketch design for a ? candle stand


bar scale of 1½ in to 1 ft (approximately)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper with one fold mark (203 x 327)




Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch within a crowned oval frame


The unfinished but carefully drawn elevation shows a base with festoon ornament either side of a 'Roman' label and with antefixae at the corners, that supports the tomb with its large area for inscription. The rough design shows a tomb chest with tapered sides, a slab top and a base with flowers in urns.



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