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image SM (36) 51/5/11

Reference number

SM (36) 51/5/11

Purpose

[36] Design for elevations for new committee rooms for the Commons and Lords, and for the Speaker's house, 27 March 1827

Aspect

36 Elevation of the Front next the River of the New Committee Rooms &c Houses of Lords & Commons March 1827

Scale

bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, Committee Rooms House of Lords, The End of the Painted Chamber, New Committee Rooms & / Library House of Commons, Part of the House of the Speaker of the House of Commons and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (? Soane) LIF / 1827 March 27 Recd from (?) L C 2d Ap[ril] 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow washes on wove paper, 2 sheets neatly joined, with three fold marks (in the centre), old small paper repair (1205 x 390)

Hand

Soane office (nil in Day Book)

Notes

The design for the library and committee rooms for the House of Commons varies from that shown in the earlier drawing (27), dated May 1826. Here, the design has been simplified with a single-storey oriel window and without labels and mullions to the windows.
The committee rooms for the House of Lords differs from the design of July 1825 seen on drawings 19 and 20. Here the building is six bays wide instead of five and has plain windows and the addition of buttresses.
An earlier drawing (1) shows the plain and unadorned Speaker's House as it was in 1793. Since then it had been under the care of James Wyatt (1746-1813). From 1815 Soane was responsible for repairs and new works and in 1824 and 1826 internal changes were made and the kitchen was moved. Only three bays of the elevation are shown here, re-designed from Wyatt's plaster Tudor Gothic. (On the Speaker's House see King's Works, VI, pp.532-5).

Level

Drawing

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