- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (26) see Notes below
Drawing 26, as with drawing 27, places the new House of Commons in the north-east corner of the site and here it lies longitudinally having the throne at the eastern end. Internally the chamber has a cruciform plan with apsidal arms, one of which leads via a lobby to the King's Robing Room. The royal progress has the same portico, staircase hall and route through the Court of Requests and Painted Chamber as drawing 27 but on reaching the lobby of the House of Lords takes a right turn along a passage and another lobby to the Robing Room on the south-east corner.
Drawing 27 places the new House of Lords in the north-east corner of the site so that it lies laterally (north/south) with a blind portico on its eastern flank containing a water closet reached by a side entrance. The King's Entrance on the west side has a portico with three openings and the royal route is through a hall with a double staircase through the Court of Requests and the Painted Chamber with a left-turn into the King's Robing Room that gives directly on to the throne of the House of Lords.
S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster'. PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 168, puts drawings 26 and 27 (together with 29) as scheme 'A3' in Soane's sequence of designs for the House of Lords. Elevations 54-56 and 61 relate to this scheme.
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