51, Milan, Sant’Ambrogio, studies of west façade, north west door and three capitals.

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Inscribed ‘S. AMBROGIO/MILAN’, pencil, 230x160mm.

Mackintosh has drawn the central portion of the western façade. Its upper storey is composed of a five-bayed tribune which lights the nave; the lower storey is formed by one of the galleries of the rectangular arcaded atrium, three bays of which are visible from the courtyard. Mackintosh has indicated one arch of the atrium’s southern gallery at left. He did not draw the two campaniles flanking the basilica in a similar arrangement to those of Sant’Abbondio in Como which served as a source for his 1893 Soane Medallion competition design for a Railway Terminus.

North-west doorway (top left); capital at southern side of nave (top right) (another example is on the north side of the atrium, displayed as a museum object - 2004); capital on north side of atrium displayed in 2004 as a museum object (centre left); capital in north aisle near crossing (centre right); west front from atrium (bottom).

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