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Reference number

SM (9) 51/6/2 (10) 51/6/3 (11) 51/6/4 (12) 51/6/5 (13) 51/6/6

Purpose

[9-13] Survey drawings, May 1826 (5)

Aspect

9 General Plan of the Rooms &c adjoining, and belonging to the / House of Commons 10 Plan of the One Pair Floor 11 Plan of the Two Pair Floor 12 Plan of the Attics &c 13 Section through Centre of Tower, Staircase, & Passage to the Lobby of the House of Commons 9-13 Lettered A B C D E respectively

Scale

(9) 1/32 inch to 1 foot (10-13) 1/16 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

(9) as above and labelled: Passage from the Court of Kings Bench &c, Kings Bench Records, Committee / Room / No 14, Waiting / Room, Committee / Room / No 13, Committee / Room / No 12, Committee / Room / No 11, Staircase, Servants / Eating / Room, Passage, Lobby (twice), Westminster Hall, The House of Lords, His Majestys / Robing / Room, Speaker's Gallery, The / Speakers / Secretary, Vote Office, Lobby, The House of Commons, The Long Gallery, Engrossing / Office, Court, Clerk of the Fees, Mr Ley's / House, Library 55'0" by 24'0 / 2 Rooms on the Floor above / 2 others over them, The / Painted / Chamber, Lobby (twice) and The New Gallery (10) as above and labelled: House of Lords, Long Gallery, Committee / Clerks, Howards / Coffee House, Witnesses / waiting / Room, Lobby to the / House of Lords, down, WC (twice), Committee / Clerks, Committee Room / No12, Committee Room / No11, Steps down, Steps up, Staircase, Servants' / Waiting / Room, down, Outer Lobby, Steps up, Lobby to the House / of Commons, The House of Commons, Committee / Room / No 13, Waiting / Room, Committee / Room / No 14, Records Court of King's Bench, Part of Westminster Hall, Letter / office, down (twice), Chaplain, Vote office, Speakers Secretary, Speakers Gallery, Library and some dimensions given (11) as above and labelled: Committee / Room / No 4, Kitchen / Committee room No 42 / is under this room, Scullery, Passage (twice), steps down, Members' Dining / Room, Store Room, Tea Room, Committee / Room / No5, Lead Flat, Library, steps down (3 times), Passage (twice), Smoking Room / No 3 Committee Room, Messengers' / Lobby, stair to Gallery, Upper Part of the House / of Commons, Gallery (twice), Committee / Room No15, Mr Ley's / Room, Store Room / Poor Returns, Staircase, Poor Returns / office / or No 16, Committee room No 14 / is under this room, Augmentation Office, Staircase, Westminster Hall, Committee / Room No2, Committee / Room / No1, The Committee Rooms / Nos 6 & 7, are over the / Committee Rooms No 1 & No2, Committee / Room / No6, Committee / Room / No7, down, up and dimensions given (12) as above and labelled: Prison Rooms, down, Passage (3 times), Larder, Bed Chamber (5 times), State Room, Mr Bellamy's / Dining / Room, Lead Flat, Mr Bellamy's / Drawing Room, Westminster Hall, Mr Hewitt's Apartment, Roof, Bed Chamber, Mr Bellamy's / Sleeping Room, / These Rooms are over / Mr Bellamy's Drawing Room and some dimensions given (13) as above and labelled: Roof (3 times), Prison Room, Kitchen &c, Committee Room / No2, Members Waiting Room, Mr Bellamy's / Dining Room, Committee / Room / No 9, Doors into / Waiters / Hall, Pavement of West Hall, Mr Bellamy's / Bed Chamber, Mr Bellamy's / Drawing Room, Lobby to House of Commons, The House of Commons, 12.8 to either side / of Gallery / in front, Roof, (section 2) Prison Rooms, Kitchen, Committee Room / No12, Members Waiting Room, Members Dining Room, Committee Room / No11, Store Room, Tea Room, Staircase, Committee / Room No 5, Committee / Room No 9, Servants Waiting Room, (section 3) titled: Section thro Committee Rooms No 14 & 18, Poor Returns Office / or Committee Room No 16, (red pen) Floor lowered, Committee Room No 14, (section 4) Bed Chamber, Members' Dining Room, Committee Room No11, Passage and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (9,10,13) Lincolns Inn Fields / May 1826 (11) not dated (12) L.I.F. May 1826

Medium and dimensions

(9) Pen, sepia, blue and pink washes with double-ruled border, pricked for transfer on laid paper (286 x 470) (10) pen, sepia washes with double-ruled border, pricked for transfer on laid paper (287 x 477) (11) pen, sepia and blue washes with double-ruled border, pricked for transfer on laid paper (287 x 477) (12) pen, sepia, pink, blue and yellow washes with double-ruled border, pricked for transfer on laid paper (288 x 473) (13) pen, pink and blue washes with double-ruled border, pricked for transfer on laid paper (292 x 470)

Hand

(9-13) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(9, 12, 13) W Weatherley 1822 (10, 11) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below WW

Notes

Drawings 9 to 13 make up a set with each drawing labelled 'A' to 'E'. Drawings 10-12 are to the same scale, cover the same area at first, second and third floor levels and (had it been drawn-in) would have the River Thames on the righthand side. Drawing 9 is to a smaller scale, omits the buildings shown on the righthand side of drawings 10-12 and has the River Thames at the top of the sheet; pink wash indicates Soane's proposals for a new library for the House of Commons and for 'The New Gallery'.
'Mr Ley' was John Henry Ley who was Clerk of the House of Commons from 1820 (King's Works, VI, p.526-7).

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