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Reference number

SM 45/2/1


Copy of measured drawing


Elevation, unfinished and with rough (pencil) details of Greek key and addorsed double scroll mouldings


bar scale labelled Piedi Veneziani


as above and pilasters labelled P and (shaded) columns C

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and cream washes, pencil, shaded on laid paper (545 x 382)




J Whatman


An English drawing paper has been used for an unfinished elevation to a Venetian scale. About three-quarters of the three-storey, five-bay elevation is drawn out though the details of some of the Corinthian capitals, mouldings, keystones and other freehand details are lacking. Soane visited Venice on or around 19 September 1779 (P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.364, fn 21) though the drawing could have been copied at another time and place.Begun in 1556, the Palazzo Grimani, San Luca was designed for Gerolamo Grimani by Michele Sanmicheli (c.1484-1559).


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.258-9



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