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Drawing - Longitudinal section through Pantheon portico
  • Longitudinal section through Pantheon portico
    Soane, John
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Longitudinal section through Pantheon portico

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    1778 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (artist)
    Hardwick, Thomas RA (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink with grey wash

  • Museum number:

    3436:183

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 148, box A

Soon after his arrival in Rome in May 1778, Soane began a fruitful two-way collaboration with Thomas Hardwick (a former fellow student at the RA) which lasted the summer and autumn. Hardwick's extensive measured survey of the Pantheon completed during his stay in Italy was considered by contemporary architectural students as a paragon of antiquity. The partnership allowed Soane to obtain access to Hardwick's earlier drawings of the Pantheon and he copied at least three. This drawing is an example of a widespread practice among student architects abroad which has come to light since the chance discovery of the Soane and Hardwick suites. Due to increased competition 18th-century students were pressured to seek short-cuts to compile impressive portfolios. Consequently, out-in-the-open partnerships, clandestine collaborations and copying of drawings were common practice among the neo-classicists.

Physical description

Longitudinal section through Pantheon portico with dimensions. Scale 1/8 in. to 1 ft.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)

Date

1778 (made)

Artist/maker

Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (artist)
Hardwick, Thomas RA (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink with grey wash

Dimensions

Height: 47.5 cm, Length: 61.5 cm

Object history note

This object was once part of an album of designs by various architects, artists and designers collected by the architect Charles James Richardson, and was bought from him by the Museum in 1863.

The drawing was made by Soane while in Rome as part of a collaboration with Hardwick which allowed Soane to get access to Hardwick's earlier drawings of the Pantheon and make copies.

Descriptive line

Longitudinal section through Pantheon portico, Pantheon (Santa Maria ad Martyres), Rome by Sir John Soane, 1778; pen and ink with grey wash; a copy of a drawing by Thomas Hardwick; the Richardson Collection.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. ‘Soane and Hardwick in Rome: A Neo-Classical Partnership’, Architectural History, 15, (1972), pp. 64-65, fig. 28a (cat. 4)
du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. ‘Thomas Hardwick’ in Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Vol. G-K, Farnborough, 1973, pp. 89-95
du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. Sir John Soane: Catalogues of Archaeological Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985, p. 28 (Cat. entry 4)

Production Note

Copy of a drawing by Thomas Hardwick.

Subjects depicted

Sections; Temples; Porticos

Categories

Drawings; Architecture; Grand Tour; Designs

Production Type

Copy

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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