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image SM 71/2/73

Reference number

SM 71/2/73


Design for the Royal Gallery, 1823


Sectional perspective - Sketch of a Design for the Royal Gallery forming the approach for His Majesty / to the House of Lords


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Signed and dated

  • 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, light red, yellow, green, blue, caput and sepia washes, shaded, on wove paper (452 x 586)


Soane Office


Weatherley & Lane 1818


A sectional perspective that shows the same design as in SM 51/2/20. Here the ante-room contains an equestrian statue that points the way into the gallery, a three-bay room with Ionic columns, a clerestory of semi-circular windows and a domed cupola, that was intended for the display of sculptures, paintings and reliefs on the theme of 'British valour' to form a 'national monument'. This drawing gives the clearest view of the ceilings of the first and third bays of the gallery. Together with SM 51/2/12 and SM 51/2/20 these can be seen as consisting of a cross-vault springing from a circular opening formed by pendentives that spring from four Ionic columns. It is an unusual combination of ceiling types that is not replicated anywhere else in Soane's work.



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