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Reference number

SM 45/1/1


Preliminary measured drawing, made in situ, 1778


Rough details of rustication, column, column base, and plinth labelled Mem. the Plinth concaved / convex (verso) rough part plan of temple and rough details of door architrave


as above, dimensions and calculations given

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on secretary paper with two fold marks, creased and torn (190 x 228)




J Honig


Professor du Prey (January 2009) notes that the drawing was made in conjunction with Thomas Hardwick, whose plan and elevation, unfinished but dated 1778, are in the RIBA Drawings Collection(SB60/13).


P.du Prey, "Soane and Hardwick in Rome: a Neo-Classical partnership', Architectural History, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, XV, 1972, pp.54, 63-4; P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.115-6



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