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SM 71/3/10


Measured drawing of one bay of Senate House, 1791


20 Elevation showing a ground floor and a first floor window and balustrade above, with one column without its capital and (verso, Soane) plan of lecture theatre (similar design as drawing 4)


bar scale of 7/16 inch to 1 foot (verso) to a scale


(pencil) Copied and (pen) dimensions given (verso) plan labelled: Library, Vestibule, Orchestra / &c, The dotted lines / shew the Capitals and (pencil referring to statues in niches) Pythagoras, Cicero, Seneca and dimensions given

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

Pen (verso: pen and pencil) on wove paper (545 x 455)


(recto) Soane office (verso) Soane


Soane's office 'Ledger C' has an entry for 26 April 1791 '...measured the Front of the Senate House &c for making the improvements'. This copy of that drawing was probably made soon afterwards.



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