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31r (SM volume 39)


31r (SM volume 39)


(pencil) Amphitheatre at Pæstum / Pæstum has been destroyed / 2 or 3 times but last / by the Saracens about / 800 years ago - / Paestum, Pesitan, or Posidonia was founded / by the Phœnicians; the Architecture of the / three Temples is Doric, but exceedingly / rude, the Temples at the extremities in / particular, they have all the particulars / of the Grecian Doric, but not the elegance / & taste; they seem all form'd with the / same Materials, of Stone formed by / Petrification which continues to this / day, & is found in great abundance / between the Town & the Sea which / is about ¾ Mile from it



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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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