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SM 45/4/16


6 Copy of measured drawing from an Italian source


Unfinished elevation showing two storeys and three bays of a building , and incomplete details of Doric, Composite and angle orders


to varying scales of palmi


dimensions given including, for example, Palmi 18.5½

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, dimensions in pen, on laid paper (Italian made) (750 x 505)




fleur-de-lis within oval frame with CB below (Heawood 1599 Rome 1762)


Unfinished, in pencil, the sheet roughly laid out and much scrappier than most of Soane's measured drawings. Dimensions are marked P or Palmi which suggests an Italian source for the drawing.
The Concise Catalogue (q.v.) puts this drawing with those of Bagnaia: Villa Lante. The reason is not obvious except that the medium and watermark are the same.



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