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SM 45/6/6 recto


4 Rome: Church of Sant' Andrea della Valle: copy of measured drawing


Half cross sections of 3 trusses and details of scarfed beam


to a scale that (from the dimensions) corresponds to 2/9 in to 1 ft


some dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, some pricking for transfer, traces of red sealing wax at corner on laid paper (397 x 549)




Without a bar scale but the dimensions correspond to the bar scale (2¼ inches divided by 10) given on Soane's plan and elevation of the Temple of Isis, Pompeii (q.v.).Comparison with C.H.Tatham's measured drawings of roof trusses labelled 'S Andrea della Valle' gives an identification for Soane's unlabelled drawings. So that here, the top and bottom trusses are from Sant' Andrea though the middle one remains unidentified since there is no corresponding roof truss among Tatham's drawings. Logically, it could be of the same building. See previous drawing for further roof trusses and for a note on the building.



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