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145r (SM volume 162)


145r (SM volume 162)


Came on the delightful Lago di W. / in 4½ Hours to Vesey - lay there / & in the Morng engaged an ^open boat with / three men for 17 Florins to go to / Zurich in 14 hrs - the river between / the Laghi di Wallestat & Zurich / is rapid, strong eddies & many little / Islands, which makes it impassable / in the night, it being only 7 o'clock / in the Eveng when I arrived at Vesey / did everything in my power to / prevail on them to go in the night / but in vain, a neat little Inn the / Master of the house the only man who / speaks Italian, no French, but all / German



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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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