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image SM (9) 16/4/23

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SM (9) 16/4/23


[9-11] Preliminary design (in Soane's hand), 21 and 22 July 1794


9 Plan of ground floor with rough plan of stepped entrance and rough pencil elevation (verso: unfinished pencil Plan of the Ground Floor of a large unidentified country house)


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


labelled: Bishops, Archbishops, Anti Room (twice), Lord Chancelor, Anti Room, Kings / Robing, House of Lords, Throne, Door keeper, Mr Rose, Mr Cowper, Gents Usher, Witnesses, Committee Room, Comm[ittee], Door keeper, Black Rod, Corridor, Painted Chamber / decorated with Statues / of Illustrious men / Bassi-Relievi of their Actions &c, Passage, Lord / Great Chan[cellor], Earl / Marshall, Privy / Seal, Court of Requests / to be hung with Paintgs / illustrative of great / actions atchieved (sic) &c, Foot / men, Arcade, door, Hall, Lords, King, Hall, Clos[et], omit these Col[umn]s and B, C with notes: Mr Meyer [one of Soane's pupils] to copy this on a Sheet / of Cartridge paper, leaving the / doubtful parts in Pencil / Jeans [another pupil] to make another outline on a sheet / of paper for another design, observing in both to keep the boundary B as near the edge of the paper C as possible to / show more of Westminster Hall &c

Signed and dated

  • July 21:1794 and July 22 1794

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, pencil, blue, sepia and burnt umber washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (562 x 693)




The drawing (made, over a survey drawing more detailed than other of these 51 plans save for drawing 1) shows part of Westminster Palace with the Court of Requests, Long Gallery, Painted Chamber, old House of Lords and the Prince's Chamber outlined in sepia wash to indicate that these are to be retained. The new House of Lords lies to the east with adjacent apartments, new or retained on three sides and then continues on the south (right-hand) side and to the west. The western entrance with three openings is roughed-in and then revised in a part-plan. There is no entrance on the south side.

S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster'. PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, pp. 157-61 puts this drawing 9 with drawing 4 verso as scheme 'A' in Soane's sequence of designs for the House of Lords.



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