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SM 45/6/6 verso


7 Rome: Church of San Paulo fuori le Mura: copy of measured drawing


Half cross section of truss and part-plan of roof


to a scale

Medium and dimensions

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




Comparison with a measured drawing by C.H.Tatham of the nave roof truss of the Basilica church of Saint Paul outside the Walls, 1796 (RIBA Drawings Collection SC110/11(6)) gives an identification. Tatham's drawing is axonometrically projected and shaded and looks rather different to Soane's but the subject is the same. Located in the Via Ostiense, the Basilica was first built in the 4th century. Since then fire, war, earthquake, flood and the passage of time have called for reconstruction and restoration many times. After the fire of 1823, rebuilding lasted for more than a century.



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