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Reference number

SM (20) 51/6/20 (21) 51/6/21 (22) 51/6/22 (23) 51/6/23 (24) 51/6/24 (25) 51/6/25

Purpose

[20-25] Variant designs for a new House of Commons, March 1833 (6)

Aspect

20-21 Plans 22-23 Plans 24 Cross section; verso: feint rough pencil section, perspective and details of Strangers' Gallery 25 Longitudinal section and cross section; verso, pencil: unidentified plan

Scale

(20-22) bar scales of 1/32 inch to 1 foot (23-25) bar scale of 1/16 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

20-21 Design for a New House of Commons &c 22 Design for a New House of Commons, Library / of the / House of / Commons, Mr Ley's / House, (Soane, of the Commons chamber) 75 by 85 / and 40 feet high 23 Design for a New House of Commons &c, Table, ab [about] 5800, (Soane) Repor / ter, Reporters Gallery, Strangers Gallery, Gallery / for Strangers 24 Design for a New House of Commons, 75.0, 40" 0" and some dimensions given 25 Section of the proposed New House of Commons 1833; verso, pencil, plan labelled: Clerks, Speaker, Waitg / Rm

Signed and dated

  • (20) 1833 (21) March 1833 (22) (Soane) Lincolns Inn Fields / 14 March 1833 (23) (Soane) L.I.F. 14 March 1833 (24) (Soane) Lincolns Inn Fields / 14 March 1833 (25) 14 March 1833

Medium and dimensions

(20) Pen, pink and sepia washes on thin laid paper (213 x 169) (21) pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (270 x 222) (22) pen. pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (273 x 243) (23) pen, pink, yellow and green washes on laid paper (268 x 260) (24) pencil, pink and green washes, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (275 x 279) (25) pencil, pink, blue, yellow and green washes, pen on wove paper (274 x 510)

Hand

(20) Soane (21-25) Soane office (22-24) Soane inscriptions

Watermark

(21) lower part of fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below WW (22) 1830

Notes

The four plans (20-23) are all rectangular with drawings 20 and 21 having an extension into the Strangers' Gallery and thence to Solomon's Porch or else (drawing 22) more directly into Solomon's Porch. All show the chamber as having a horseshoe plan with galleries, stairs and offices on the periphery. Drawing 23 is a more detailed plan that includes stepped seating, four stairs and a 'Strangers Gallery' at the opposite end to those of drawings 20 and 21. Drawing 25 verso, which is unfinished, has a plan that is rectangular with a triangular end. The cross sections (24 and 25) differ so that, for example, drawing 25 shows the Strangers' Gallery which is not shown on drawing 24 recto though 24 verso has rough details for it.

Level

Drawing

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