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Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)

Soane office: design for a Grand National Entrance into the Metropolis with Greek, Roman and Gothic effects: perspective and inset plan

Watercolour on paper

Museum number: P83

Curatorial note

In addition to a Royal Residence (see P82) Soane planned a grand processional route which the King would take from Windsor to Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament (see L91). This design of 1828 is for a new gateway marking the entrance to London at Kensington Gore which Soane described as combining ‘the classical simplicity of Grecian Architecture, the Magnificence of the Roman Architecture and fanciful intricacy and playful effects of the Gothic Architecture’. In proposing such schemes Soane was trying to persuade the British Government to begin the construction of grand neo-classical buildings in London to rival those of Paris. Needless to say, this, like the Royal Residence, was not built.

Exhib: RA 1826, no. 879

Exhibition history

John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001


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