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SM 16/7/5


Finished drawing of a design for the exterior of the new entrance in a gothic style Gothic


Perspective from the south west


(verso, hand of Arthur Bolton, curator 1917-45): Gothic Version / Entrance House of Lords / Drawn by C. J. Richardson 1824 / (411 Framed Drawing) / Model / Room Pompeiian Stand / Drawer XI / No 13 Group A / I D page 79, Inventory D / Page 79, Gothic Version / Entrance H of / Lords, Model Room / Pompeiian Stand / Drawer XI / No 13 Group A, Drawn by C. J. Richardson / 1824, (hand of Walter Spiers, curator 1904-17) 411 Framed drawings

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and black washes with black wash border (bottom edge only) on stout wove paper (740 x 1293)


Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871)
Pupil February 1824 - January 1827.


This is a finished version of SM volume 61/115, previously framed as P411. The drawing is dated '1824' in the hand of Arthur Bolton, curator 1917-45. However, other designs for the new entrance are datable to 1828 (SM volume 69/109-115), and the latter is the more likely date. Also in Bolton's hand is a note recording the location of the drawing as in the 'Model Room - Pompeiian Stand'. This is the custom-built model stand designed by Soane to display his collection of historical architectural models at Lincoln's Inn Fields.



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