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Reference number

SM volume 42/131


Sketch design


Rough part-elevation of a domed building with a seven-bay centre and wings of the same width (the right-hand side unfinished) of one and half storeys with another storey in the drum of the dome

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (122 x 269)




The impression from this unfinished elevation, drawn in feint pencil, is of a low, wide building with a dome and roofline furnished with statues; the dome ornamented with festoons. Perhaps related to another rough and unfinished elevation for a domed building in this volume (42/119) which may be associated with Soane's design for a British Senate House see (Soane's architectural education ...): Preliminary designs, some by George Dance, final design exhibited at the Royal Academy, reduced copies, and perspectives by J.M.Gandy and George Bailey, for a British Senate House 1778-9 and later (16).



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