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SM volume 42/3, 21/7/4


Preliminary and finished measured drawings of the south-west corner of the 17-bay palazzo (2)


1 Rough measured elevation of two bays with details including Cornice alle / Finistre, balustrade, capital and rustication
2 Elevation of five bays


1 scale of 1/10 in to 1 ft2 bar scale in English feet of 1/4 in to 1 ft


1 as above and dimensions given
2 La facciata del Palazzo Stoppani Roma

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid secretary paper; pen, raw sienna, warm sepia and black washes, shaded, pencil within (added) quadruple ruled pen and wash (grey, black) border on laid paper (275 x 198, 492 x 704)




dove on monti within a roundel and F above (Heawood 166, 168); J Whatman, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below


The finished elevation (drawing 2) shows the end five bays of a 17-bay, three-storey building with a rusticated ground floor, piano nobile with a coupled Tuscan order and pilastered attic. It is filed with other drawings of Italian Renaissance palaces prepared from 1806 (by office hands) for Soane's Royal Academy lectures. This drawing, dated 28 November 1779 was made in Rome by Soane and subsequently used as a demonstration drawing (lecture V, drawing 33). The border, colour washes and shading added by an office hand.

The Vidoni Caffarelli palace, built in about 1515 and Raphaelesque in style has been attributed to Lorenzo Lotti The original facade was seven bays wide and two storeys high and has since been enlarged and now has 17 bays and an attic storey. As it happens, Soane did not measure and draw the early part of the palace but a mid-seventeenth century addition on the corner of the Via del Sudario and the Piazza Vidoni.


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.270-1, 521-2 fn.12; D.Watkin, Sir John Soane: the Royal Academy lectures, Cambridge, 2000, pp.332, 560-1



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