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SM (5) volume 42/168


Preliminary design for the Rotunda


5 Section of a hall containing three round-headed arches with fanlights supported by piers fronted by Corinthian columns, and overall a ribbed dome with oculus; and section of building with a segmental ceiling and lantern




Drawing 5 shows an alternative design for the interior of the Rotunda. Similar to the Dance sketches in drawings 3 and 4, the design shows an arcade with a ribbed dome above. The design in drawing 5 includes Corinthian columns fronting the piers. Figurative statues surmount the columns.



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