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13v (SM volume 39) Temple of Isis, Pompeii, 5 January 1779


13v (SM volume 39) Temple of Isis, Pompeii, 5 January 1779


Pompeii. Janry 5. 1779. / Temple of Isis. with (pen, pencil) plan, some dimensions given.
In his Italian Sketches / and Mema (SM volume 164, p.16) Soane wrote See Sketch book (that is, this sketch book). See also Add. 3v (at end of this catalogue) for further rough drawings and see (in Drawings catalogue: Soane in Italy: Measured drawings: Pompeii: Temple of Isis for Soane's plan and elevation measured 5 January and re-drawn 4 November 1779. The rough plans (13v, and Add.3v below) were, as Soane said in his Royal Academy lecture III, 'made from sketches made by stealth by moonlight' (D.Watkin, Sir John Soane: the Royal Academy lectures, 2000, p.77)



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