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  • image SM Vol 49/6

Reference number

SM Vol 49/6


[116] Preliminary survey, The Stone Building, c 1822


Section through the southern range of The Stone Building, showing the central staircase, looking west


not to scale


window / in room / 14 risers / Passage to H[all] dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1822
    dated in accordance with known survey campaigns

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (212 x 273)


Probably John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman


The section covers two adjacent leaves and is numbered as two sheets (SM Vol 49/6 and SM Vol 49/7). For ease and consistency of reference it is catalogued here as two sheets. There are sketch details of part of a staircase and a Classical impost moulding. The staircase was located immediately adjacent to the south-west corner of Westminster Hall. It gave access from the ground to the second floor of The Stone Building, connecting with the passages which led to Lobby of the House of Commons and the southern entrance to Westminster Hall. It was distinguished amongst The Stone Building's interiors by the use free-standing Doric and Ionic columns, in their orthodox hierarchical tiering.



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