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Reference number

SM 45/3/34, 45/3/35


Copies (?) of measured drawings (2)


1 Part-plan
2 Section, (verso, lightly pencilled) outline of an incomplete plan


bar scale of 1/7 in to 1 ft


(1) labelled Chapel (for each of 3 chapels), Vestibule, Loggia, Court, Arcade and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Rome Tuesday the 26th of May 1778

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen and black ink wash, slightly pricked for transfer, (2) pen; both within triple ruled border on laid paper (720x 533, 532 x 722)


Soane (see note below)


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with bell and C & I Honig below, and IV


These drawings for the church of San Stefano Rotondo al Celio share a similar method of presentation, are to the same scale, on the same type of paper and made in the same week as that for Santa Agnese fuori le Mura (q.v.). It is thought that both are copies by Soane from an unidentified source, possibly a compatriot since the scale is English. However the very precise date is (Professor du Prey suggests, January/February 2009) an indication that Soane carried out the measuring personally rather than copied (see also note to Church of Santa Agnese fuori le Mura).
A large circular church consecrated in the reign of Pope St Simplicius (468-83). It originally consisted of three concentric ambulatories intersected by the four arms of a Greek cross but the outermost and three arms were pulled down in about 1450.


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p.112



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