- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (3) July 24 1794
Drawing 2 has cancellations and amendments made by Soane and seems generally unresolved. The House of Lords now occupies the Painted Chamber while the old House of Lords contains the King's Robing Room and an anteroom. The King's Entrance and the Lords' Entrance are next to each other on the west side.
Drawing 3 is closer to drawing 2 than to drawing 1. But here, the Court of Requests is re-modelled with an apsidal screen and two domes, and to the south an entrance with a quarter-circle stair on each side. Drawing 1 relates, in some aspects, to the scheme that follows while drawings 2 and 3, on the whole, seem unrelated to further drawings.
On each drawing, the unfinished pencil plan to the left is a survey drawing that includes the House of Commons and part of Westminster Hall.
S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster'. PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, pp. 162-3 puts drawing 1 (with 6 and 8) as scheme 'A1' in Soane's sequence of designs for the House of Lords. Sawyer (pp. 166-7) also writes that drawing 2 (with 10 and 28) is attributed to scheme 'B' while (pp. 165-6) drawing 3 (with 12, 13 and 22) comprises scheme 'C'.
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