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Reference number

SM 45/4/14


Copy of measured drawing


Unfinished elevation showing the ground and first floors and three bays of a building with semicircular arched openings, with some incomplete details of Doric and angle capitals and soffit


to varying scales


dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, dimensions in pen on laid paper (Italian made) (389 x 506)




Soane added eccentric dimensions using 1/8 and 1/9 fractions for mouldings of the same capital which suggests that this is an incomplete copy of a an Italian measured drawing made to Italian scales with the added dimensions roughly converted into English feet and inches.'Built entirely of travertine on the exterior, and of large tufa blocks and concrete vaults on the interior with partitions faced with reticulate'. It was the second theatre to be built in Rome, largely by Augustus and dedicated 13 B.C. (L.Richardson, New Topographical dictionary of ancient Rome, 1992) The drawing was identified by Professor du Prey (January 2009).



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