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image SM volume 62/58

Reference number

SM volume 62/58


[12] Record copy of design for the front elevation


Front elevation


bar scale of1/9 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • Smirke Octr 5 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen,sepia and blue washes, shaded on thin laid paper (367 x 231) affixed to page 58 of volume 62


Robert Smirke (1780-1867), pupil May 1796 - January 1797


Copied from an earlier drawing [7] by Smirke who was then aged sixteen. He and Soane were not well suited and after several months of serving his articles Smirke left Soane's office for that of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825).



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