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image SM (19) 51/5/9 (20) (51/5/9)

Reference number

SM (19) 51/5/9 (20) (51/5/9)

Purpose

[19-20] Unexecuted design for the east elevation of the new committee rooms and library for the House of Commons, for new committee rooms for the House of Lords, and a house for Black Rod, July 1825 (2)

Aspect

19 Block plans and elevation 20 Elevation as drawing 19

Scale

(19, 20) 1/16 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

19 Design for New Committee Rooms for the House of Lords, and for Committee Rooms / and Library for the House of Commons, labelled: The House of the / Usher of the Black Rod, New Committee Rooms / for the House of Lords, East End of the / Painted Chamber, Committee Rooms Library &c / for the House of Commons, East End of the / House of Commons and vertical dimensions of 12'.0" / 16 0 / 10.6 given 20 Sketch of a Design for New Committee Rooms for the House of Lords and for New Committee Rooms / and Library &c for the House of Commons, labelled: The House of the Usher of / the Black Rod, New Committee Rooms for the / House of Lords, East End of the / Painted Chamber, New Committee Rooms / Library &c for the House of Commons, East End of the / House of Commons &c and vertical dimensions of 12'.0" / 16.0 / 10:6 given

Signed and dated

  • (19, 20) July 1825

Medium and dimensions

(19) Pen, raw umber, sepia and pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (456 x 708) (20) pen, raw umber and sepia washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (455 x 664)

Hand

Soane office

Notes

An earlier elevation of the east front of the House of Commons (see drawing 1: London: Westminster Palace: House of Commons ... designs for a new House of Commons) shows it as it was before James Wyatt's alterations of 1805-6 seen here.
The use of the same elevation for the Painted Chamber is difficult to explain. Images of its east end, drawn between 1788 and 1820 (published in H. Colvin's Views of the Old Palace of Westminster in Architectural History, IX, 1955, figs. 109-113) show a pair of tall arched, mullion windows. That is, both the earlier windows and the plate tracery version presumably introduced by Wyatt when he fitted up the Painted Chamber as conference rooms from 1799 (King's Works, VI, p. 515).

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Drawing

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