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158v (SM volume 162) Isola Memmia

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158v (SM volume 162) Isola Memmia

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there is also a new Palace, light & Airy / A rough plan and plan/view labelled La Fiera with key: 1. Canal / 2. Bridges / 3. Statues on both banks / of the Canal / 4 Ionic Col.[onnade] with / Shops, & Coffee / houses at 5. / 6. 3 Arches painted / with doric Pil[asters]. The plan/view labelled Ionic Col.[onnade] with Port.[ico], Doric Pil.[asters] Pain[ted], Statues going all round and Canal. (G. Darley, John Soane: an accidental Romantic, 1999, p.53) describes this as 'the recently built Isola Memmia, a theatrical conceit consisting of an oval artificial island surrounded by a canal crossed by a number of ornate bridges to the ancient university complex'.)Literature. P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p.302

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Drawing

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