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Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871)
Soane office, London: No 30 Belgrave Square, perspective of the Ante-Room to the Sculpture Gallery designed for the sculptor, Sir Francis Chantrey
Watercolour on paper
Museum number: P242
This small top-lit ante-room, with its elaborate plasterwork and unusual tall canted skirting boards, was designed by Soane for his friend and fellow Royal Academician Sir Francis Chantrey in 1829, as a token of thanks for the bust of himself received as a gift from the sculptor in that year. It provided a fitting setting for visitors into Chantrey's scupture gallery which can be glimpsed in the distance in this view - with a full-size cast of the celebrated antique Laocoön group on display.
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