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The Mausoleum relocated from the east to the west front of the Gallery, October to November 1811 (5)

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In drawings dated 24 and 28 October the Mausoleum has been moved to the west front, between the almshouses facing the public Gallery Road, with the entrance to the Gallery now facing the quadrangle. On 15 November 1811 the College agreed to the decision, despite the fact that construction had already begun. Thus the following drawings can be dated to this time. There seems to be no discernible reason for this change.

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