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SM volume 26, p. 9


Reconstruction of the Pantheon in Rome in Republican times, before the addition of the portico


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By Gibbs, in pen and brown ink over pencil, with letters F to L, and below the sheet on p. 9: F. Upright of ye outside of the Temple. / G. Front of ye Temple wt its pediment. / H Large niches on each side of ye Entry. / I. Great Cornice which goes round the Temple. / K. Out side of ye Cupolo shewing ye steps going up to it. / L. Opening atop to give light to ye inside of it.

Signed and dated

  • 1740s

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink with grey wash over faint pencil; on laid paper; 134 x 149.


James Gibbs


None visible


The elevation is based on Fontana's plate on page 457 of Il Tempio Vaticano (top), but with many small adjustments and refinements (e.g. to the main cornice, where modillions are added and a plain architrave below is omitted, and to the entrance door where the frame and cornice are enlarged).



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