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Museum number: P220

Curatorial note

In 1780 Soane gained honorary membership of the Parma Academy with a version of his triumphal bridge design (the student competition design that had won him the Royal Academy Gold Medal for Architecture in 1776), remodelled in the Greek Doric style in tribute to his visits to the temples at Paestum and Agrigentum. He was in Parma in August 1779 and again on 9 May 1780 at the start of his homeward journey after a Grand Tour lasting two years.

The Parma version of the triumphal bridge was also drawn up later as a coloured presentation perspective (SM P352).

Please note that the original drawings that comprise P220 are on tracing paper and badly damaged. At some point in the early twentieth century they were unframed and put in the Research Library where they remain (86/2/1). A facsimile in the original frame, which survived in store and has been restored, now hangs in the original position on the staircase where Soane displayed these drawings prominently.

Associated objects

P92, same scheme
P258, same scheme
P352, same scheme


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk