- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (50) June 18 1800
While the sketch perspective is certainly by Gandy, the finished perspectives are not in his hand. They have been attributed to Henry Hake Seward who was perhaps helped by Gandy. Unusually, Seward exhibited at the Royal Academy in his own name from 1797 to 1808 while still working for Soane and subsequently until 1823. He clearly had great natural talent but his perspectives do not have the 'magic' of those by Gandy. It may be significant that drawings 51 and 52 are hung above two of the doors to the Breakfast Room and so rather out of sight and less noticeable than the Gandy perspectives for the House of Lords hung in the North Drawing Room.
Literature. S.Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD Columbia University, 1999, p. 225 (drawings 51,52)
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