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148v (SM volume 162)


148v (SM volume 162)


the top before you excavated, impendg / rocks each moment threatg you with / immediate destruction, below this little / Road, 4, 5 or ever 600 feet perpr torrent, / rumbling over immense pieces of the / Mountains tumbled down from the top / on one hand, on the other lofty mounts / sometimes almost upright, other times / hanging over you, immense quantities / of fine lofty firs, from the top to / abt the middle, pleasing diversifica[tion] / by nature in their dimensions & situat[ion] / & at the top black gloomy matter, see[m]ing / of Lava, every & perhaps the very utmost / heights covered with perpetual snow / having reach'd the summit, it was



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Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

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