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Add.1r (SM volume 39, Additional ff, not bound in)


Add.1r (SM volume 39, Additional ff, not bound in)


(pencil) Temple of Mercury at Baia / Vaia for Baia - by a Neop[olitan?], plan on an ellipse 91.8 by 102.2 with 4 alcoves, elevation of pointed arch inscribed The Arch is partly Gothic turn'd with ^4:0 & / Covered with Plaister & filled with small / pieces of brick 4 In. thickLiterature. P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p.170: 'Soane's plan would have to be that of either the Venus or Diana's Temple, though which one it would be hard to say, so alike are they.'



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