- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (14) This plan made the 31st of July 1794 after I had / seen Sir P. Burrell (see Notes below)
Soane's note (given above) that the plan was made after he had seen Burrell perhaps explains the changes in these designs from those of drawings 10-13. The House of Lords is once again sited above and in line with the Painted Chamber (as in drawings 4-9) and the Court of Requests is left as such. Drawing 14 has the King's Entrance on the west side with a long but straight route through two lobbies leading (right-hand side) to the royal Robing Room opposite to the House of Lords on the left-hand side. Additional to earlier designs are two rooms for 'servants' and another for 'Waiters'.
Drawing 15 has broadly the same plan including the two courts that would have allowed for more daylight and ventilation. The elevation of the porte-cochère appearing on drawing 14 is shown on plan here. To its left is marked, for the first time, a 'Coffee House'. A comparison of plans with elevations shows that the riverside elevation of 65 and 66 having nine bays and four plus four columns corresponds with (plans) 14-18.
S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster'. PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, pp. 169-72 puts drawing 14 (together with 16, 34 and 35) as scheme 'A4' in Soane's sequence of designs for the House of Lords. Drawing 15 (together with drawings 17 and 18) makes up scheme 'A5'. Reference also to drawing 14, p. 184.
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