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Reference number

SM volume 42/23


Copy of a design


Longitudinal section on the axis of the Doric porticos through the sunk courtyard with its Ionic colonnade. The section deviates from a straight line to show the stair (right-hand side) and door to an end room (left-hand side). The roof and first floor corridor are separately barrel-vaulted and have top lighting.


to the same scale of toises as drawing 42/22 (q.v.)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pencil on thin laid paper (197 x 323)


unidentified French architect




Drawn on English paper to a scale of French feet, the drawings appear to be copies of a design by a French architect for an institutional building - perhaps an art gallery.For the plan see the preceding drawing (42/22). These are two of an incomplete set of drawings that would have included elevations as well as a first floor plan.



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