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Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)

View of a Design for a Mausoleum and Cenotaph, 1776

Watercolour on paper

Museum number: P271

Curatorial note

Although the earliest (1837) inventories of Sir John Soane's Museum describe this perspective as 'View of a Design for a Mausoleum and Cenotaph' it is actually a perspective rendering of Soane's desgin for a mausoleum to his friend James King, drowned on an outing on the Thames. Soane, who could not swim, declined to go on the trip and regarded this as a providential escape.


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