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SM J. Soane/MS for/History/13 LIF/and/Ealing/5


[146] Design, 30 June 1802


Plan of the ruins, courtyard and elevation/section of the temple front with some rough studies


labelled (pencil) check, 1.0 diam[eter] & 17.6 high, one floor, _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ [illegible] and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 30 June 1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields / June 30th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, pencil, pale red and sepia washes on laid paper (342 x 316)


William Edward Rolfe, draughtsman
W.E. Rolfe (-c.1827, pupil 1801-1804) (Day Book 30 June 1802), Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
W.E. Rolfe (-c.1827, pupil 1801-1804) (Day Book 30 June 1802), Soane


C Patch 1801, crown above Britannia holding a lance, shield and scepter


Visions of ruin: architectural fantasies and designs for garden follies, exhibition catalogue, Sir John Soane's Museum 1999, p.30



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