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Reference number

SM volume 61/30


Record drawing of the landing at the top of the Scala Regia


Interior perspective looking towards the Scala Regia with staffage

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, green, yellow, red and blue washes with raw umber wash border on wove paper (361 x 253), pasted into volume 61


Having ascended the Scala Regia the procession arrives at a top-lit landing with an oval-shaped vestibule on either side. The ceiling over the landing is groin-vaulted. According to Sean Sawyer (Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 416 n. 1230) "the figures in Gandy's watercolours are at least half too short and Richardson's copy of vol. 61, f. 29 [in the V&A] is inscribed '...figures too small'."



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