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Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)

A Group of Churches, designed by Sir J. Soane to illustrate different Styles of Architecture

Watercolour on paper

Height: 85cm, framed
Width: 141cm, framed
Depth: 3.5cm, framed

Museum number: P259

Curatorial note

The entry for this perspective in the earliest inventories of the Museum (1837) provides more details: A Group of Churches, designed by Sir J. Soane (1825) to illustrate different Styles of Perspective showing variant designs for the churches of Holy Trinity, Marylebone and St Peter, Walworth and the chapel at Tyringham, Buckinghamshire.

This perspective, drawn by Joseph Gandy, was exhibited at the RA in 1825, no. 902.

A letter from Gandy to Soane seems to indicate that the idea of showing the churches in variant architectural styles on a single sheet was suggested by him. SM Archive, Priv. Corr. III.G.1.53. Letter from J.M. Gandy to John Soane, April 23d 1824. Dear Sir / In the garden of the palace of Oranienbaum near Petersburgh [St Petersburg, Russia] is a Pavillion containing eight rooms each furnished in different tastes, namely Greek, Roman, Saxon, Gothic, Egyptian, Hindostan and Turkish. How would your Church design operate drawn in all these styles. I am dear sir, Your obliged and faithful servant. Joseph Gandy.

Associated objects

P269, same subject


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