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Reference number

SM (5) 16/3/4 (6) 16/3/1 (7) 16/3/2 (8) 16/3/3

Purpose

[5-8] Interior details of the domed design for a new House of Lords (4)

Aspect

5 Plan and section of the Scala Regia, lobby and vestibule 6 Elevation/section for a door framed by Doric columns, with a frieze of notable figures in British history and a large semicircular window 7 Two elevations/sections for the Great Hall of Entrance 8 Elevation of three-bay, Corinthian screen at the end of the Scala Regia and before the lobby and flanking rooms

Scale

(5, 6, 8) bar scales of 1/7 inch to 1 foot (7) to a scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

5 (feint pencil, against a pencilled-in Corinthian column) Qy (query) large Column

Medium and dimensions

(5) Pen, pencil additions, black, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer, on thin wove paper (523 x 677) (6, 7) pencil, pen, sepia and pale pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (490 x 325, 494 x 329) (8) pencil, pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (329 x 548)

Hand

(5-8) Soane ?

Notes

Plans 3 and 4 showed a compass-drawn design for the grand entrance of Soane's scheme: curved portico, Scala Regia with large twin alcoves and domed and double-bowed entrance to the House of Lords. Drawing 5 offers a variant design so that, for example, there are 16 niches for statues and the plinths for another six have been moved forward onto the staircase and four columns added to the lobby to make a more formal route to the House of Lords.

For the order shown on drawing 6, Soane employed a baseless Greek Doric, with stopped flutes for the lower one-third of the columns. Drawing 7 has coupled, fluted Ionic columns that appear in Gandy's later interior perspective of 1800 (drawings 53- 54)

Literature, S.Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis Columbia University, 1999, p.230.

Level

Drawing

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