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image P201

Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)

View of a monumental tomb erected in the burial ground of St Giles in the Fields at St Pancras (Mrs Soane’s tomb)

Watercolour on paper

Museum number: P201

Curatorial note

Soane office, London: churchyard of Old St Pancras Church, Soane Tomb, design perspective, as built 1815-16.

This shows the Soane tomb in the Burial Ground of St-Giles-in-the-Fields. Unlike the model (L78) it shows the balustrade, topped by typically Soanean acroteria, which surrounds the stairs to the burial chamber. It is significant that Soane placed the figure of a winged victory (BR3) in front of this picture on 10th January, just twenty days before he died. He hung another small view of the tomb on the door between his Little Study and Dressing Room. These three works ensured that in the main rooms where he sat at work or for leisure on the ground floor he would be accompanied by an image of the tomb as a memento mori - a daily reminder of the loss of his beloved Eliza.

Associated objects

L78, comparison
P12, comparison


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