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Reference number

SM 51/3/55


Design for the galleries


Elevation of the proposed Gallery; (verso, pencil) side elevation of a bench or chair


to a scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Wainscot (twice, once in pencil) and some dimensions given; (verso, pencil) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 25 July 1820
    (in Soane's hand) 25 July 1820, John Soane Arch

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, raw Sienna, pink, blue and sepia washes, shaded, partly pricked for transfer with double ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (307 x 476)


Soane Office


J Whatman 1820


The gallery shown in SM 51/3/55 is on the west side of the House (that is, the right hand side of the associated plans). As per Soane's instructions on SM 51/3/60, the gallery is supported on four pairs of iron columns and hung with crimson cloths. The gallery is 45 feet wide and its floor is 11 feet 6 inches above the ground.



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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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