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SM (27) 51/6/28


[27] Variant design for a new House of Commons, 1833


27 Plan of a Design for a New House of Commons with lobby


bar scale of 1/32 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: The River Thames, New House of Commons, Lobby, Library, The Long Gallery, The House of Lords, His Majesty's / Robing Room, The Painted Chamber, St Stephen's / Chapel, Lobby, Outer Lobby, Howard's / Coffee House, Servants / Waiting / Room, (blocked in on left-hand side) Part of the Speakers House, Part of Westminster Hall, (blocked in right-hand side) Committee Rooms &c / of the House of Lords, Court, The King's Gallery, Court and Old Palace Yard

Signed and dated

  • 1833

Medium and dimensions

Pen, raw umber, blue, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer, with tripe ruled and wash border on wove paper with one fold mark (489 x 488)


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


The new House of Commons is no longer on an axis with St Stephen's Chapel (old House of Commons) but placed forwards and to to the left on the site of a garden. It now has a large lobby that opens on one side into a new library - not marked as such. Soane has blocked-in the proposals for new buildings shown on drawing 26 so that the focus is on the new House of Commons and library and the old buildings that will remain.



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