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image SM 71/2/70

Reference number

SM 71/2/70


Design for a Royal Gallery, 1822


Perspective Sketch of a Design for the proposed New Royal Gallery


as above

Signed and dated

  • 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, sepia, yellow and blue washes, shaded, with single ruled caput wash border on wove paper (350 x 265)


Soane Office


One of three designs for the Royal Gallery, SM 71/2/70 corresponds to a plan and laid-out wall elevations on the verso of SM 71/2/41 (q.v.). In this drawing the gallery is divided into three bays. The final bay has two colonnades of Corinthian columns and further columns on either side of the entrance. Above this bay is a coffered barrel vault, in the arches of which are large lunette windows, and behind the colonnades on either side of the room is a clerestory or skylights. Unusually, the barrel vault is positioned perpendicular to the central bay, which has a scalloped shallow dome with a central rosette and winged figures in the pendentives. The statuary in this instance stand in niches on either side of the room, behind the colonnades. The Royal Gallery was executed to a completely new design in 1824.



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