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Reference number

SM (33) 16/3/17 (34) 16/7/1 (35) 16/3/16

Purpose

[33-35] Design for domed House of Lords with colonnade and with principal front facing the Thames (3)

Aspect

33 Elevation to the river 34 Elevation to the river 35 Perspective from the river with staffage (barge with sails, two rowing boats one with blue ensign)

Scale

(33) bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot (34) bar scale of 1/20 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

(33) a few (pencil) calculations (34) Westminster and (feint pencil) House of Lords

Signed and dated

  • (34) May 2d

Medium and dimensions

(33) Pen and sepia washes, shaded on thin wove paper, two sheets joined, three fold marks (568 x 1345) (34) pen, sepia, raw umber and blue-green washes with triple ruled and wash border on wove paper (629 x 952) (35) pen, burnt umber, sepia, blue and green washes, shaded with triple ruled and wash border (533 x 1240)
(33) Pen and sepia washes, shaded, on thin wove paper (564 x 1340) (34) pen, raw umber, sepia and blue-green washes, shaded with triple-ruled and black wash border (626 x 950) (35) pen and coloured washes, shaded with triple ruled and black and sepia wash border on stout wove paper (568 x 1245)

Hand

(33-35) ? Henry Hake Seward (1778-1824, pupil and assistant May 1794-September 1808)

Notes

An earlier drawing (number 13) is inscribed (below a flyer in feint pencil) 'with a Colonnade' that was perhaps an instruction or a reminder to experiment with a design in which the two identical domed buildings each with an Ionic eight-column portico were linked by an Ionic colonnade of 14 columns. The perspective catalogued here (35) shows that the flank or principal elevation faces the Thames; the orientation together with the colonnade makes these drawings an intermediate design between the earlier designs and those that follow.

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Drawing

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