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SM (10) 36/4/33 (11) 36/4/32


[10-11] Design 'No 1 C' (in Soane's hand) in which the Court of Requests is made into a new House of Lords, 'before July 28 1794' and copy (2)


10 Plan of ground floor 11 Plan of ground floor with a pencilled H, neat copy of drawing 10


(10-11) bar scales of 1/10 of 1 inch to 1 foot


(10) No 1 (pencil) C, (pen) In this Drawing the Court of Requests is proposed to be / converted into a House of Lords, rooms labelled: The Kings Entrance, Hall, assistant / Clerk of / Parliament, Doorkeeper, Clerk, Clerk / of Parliament, Lord Chancellor, anti / Room, Council / attending / the House, Witness / attending / the House, Passage, Lobby (twice), Sargt at / Arms, Doorkeeper, Black Rod, The Lords Entrance, Lord Great Chamberlain, (pencil) over the Lords / Entrance, (pen) Lords / Entrance, Kings Robing / Room, Doorkeeper, Attendants / on the / King, Court, Anti Room, For / Conferences, House of Commons, Lords Robing Room, Attendants / on the / Lords, Anti / Room, Earl Marshall, Bishops, Arch Bishops, Passage, Staircase, Prince of Wales, Duke of Gloucester / &c, Attendants / on the Duke / &c (11) (pencil) H, The River Thames, Mr Delavals House, Abingdon Street, Mr Wilberforce, Mr Wharton, Mr Cowper, Mr Rose, Part of King Henry the / Seventh's Chapel, Old Palace Yard, rooms labelled as drawing 10

Signed and dated

  • (10) (under the black wash of border) designed before July 28 1794 Meyer July 31 1794 Mem The Rough drawing of which is copied from was made / before the 28th of July 1794 (11) Copy Septr 1794

Medium and dimensions

(10) Pen, sepia, red, black and burnt umber washes, with quadruple-ruled and black wash border, pricked for transfer on laid paper (735 x 528) (11) pen, sepia, red, black, yellow, green and blue washes with quadruple-ruled and black wash border on laid paper (735 x 525)


(10) Soane (11) Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil April 1791-1796)


As with earlier drawings Soane includes (in a light sepia wash) some improvements relating to the House of Commons. The chamber and lobby for the Lords is now placed in the old Court of Requests that runs from north to south and the Painted Chamber is to become a conference room. The old House of Lords is now a robing room for the Lords with a room for attendants. The King's Entrance is on the south-west corner and its lobby takes a sharp left turn into the House of Lords. Its distyle portico is balanced by another that gives entry to an ante room and a room for 'Council attending the House'. The Lords Entrance is via (or under?) a room labelled 'Lord Great Chamberlain'. The arrangements seem to be particularly clumsy.

S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster'. PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, pp. 166-7, puts drawing 10 (with 2 and 28) as scheme 'B' in Soane's sequence of designs for the House of Lords. The final design (a 'synthesis of two planning approaches' taken from 'A1' to 'A6') includes drawing 11 (Sawyer, p.180).



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