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SM 45/5/10


Copy of measured drawing of entablature from ? an Italian source


Profile with plan of soffit showing details of ornament but not fully drawn out, and rough (pencil) detail


bar scales (see note below)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, hatching, shading, slight pricking through for transfer, within single ruled border on laid paper (692 x 474)




J Whatman, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below


A vertical bar scale is pricked through and a horizontal bar scale is also pricked through and drawn in pencil. Neither of them correspond to an English scale and taken with the rather mechanical nature of the drawing it is probable that it is a copy made by Soane from an Italian source or (Professor du Prey, January/February 2009) purchased by him from a Roman source.

Rough profiles without details of ornament but with dimensions given were drawn by Soane of the same subject see (in Sketchbooks catalogue): 'Miscellaneous Sketches' 1780-2 (SM volume 40, f.72recto)

Built 'close to 100 B.C.' (L.Richardson, jr, A New topographical dictionary of ancient Rome, Baltimore, 1992) or 'almost certainly in 484 B.C.' (Blue Guide, Rome, 2000). Three columns remain of a peripteral temple with eight colums at each end and eleven on either side.



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