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Reference number

SM 45/1/4


Preliminary measured drawing


Rough plan, section and detail


Baths of Livia, No Cieling remaining, bottom paved with tiles, Stucco 3 1/2 Inches, Nichia (sic), * no positive dimensions / taken for the height / of this Recess, plan labelled A, B, M, N and dimensions given

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

Pen, hatching, pencil on thin laid paper (406 x 319)




Britannia with olive branch within crowned roundel, and band (Hayward 209)


Soane measured and drew two chambers of 'part of the ruins of the imperial palace on the Palatine Hill, celebrated for their painted stucco ceilings which had remained intact' (du Prey, op.cit.,1977, p.291, citing Nicolas Ponce, Arabesques antiques des bains de Livie ... et de la ville ...Madame...Paris, 1789). However, Soane notes 'No Cieling remaining'. The Casa di Livia (modern name) has decorated walls belonging to'a phase intermediate between the Second and Third Pompeian Styles and are to be dated to the Augustan period (L.Richardson, jr, A New topographical dictionary of ancient Rome, Baltimore, 1992)


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education, 1977, pp.291-2, 536 fn.10



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