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SM (28) 36/4/23 (29) 36/4/20


[28-29] Incomplete alternative designs (2)


28 Plan of ground floor 29 Plan of ground floor with erasures and (verso) interior perspective of the King's Robing Room


(28-29) bar scales of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


(28) (pencil) Lords (of Court of Requests) (29) (pencil) Hall, Black Rod, Archbishops, Bishops, Lord Gt Chamberlain and Kings Robing Room

Medium and dimensions

(28) Pen, sepia, red, black and raw umber washes with quadruple-ruled and black wash border on wove paper (697 x 494) (29) pen, sepia, black and raw umber washes with quadruple-ruled and black wash border on wove paper (629 x 487)


(28) ? Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil April 1791-1796) (29) ? Meyer with Soane's pencil labels


Drawing 28 shows a rather minimal scheme. The Court of Requests, Painted Chamber, old House of Lords with four adjacent offices, Prince's Gallery and the old Lords Committee Room are kept. This last was sometimes retained (drawings 10-13, 21-27) and sometimes not. The Court of Requests and the old Lords have some partitions and the first of these is labelled (in feint pencil) 'Lords'. Other drawings that re-used the Court of Requests for the new House of Lords are drawings 10-13, 21 and 22. Porte-cochères and porticoes are lacking but the route to the re-located House of Lords would be very direct. Drawing 29 is for a larger scheme. The King's processional route begins southwards with a portico to a projecting hall with a double staircase, into a large, domed, lobby that precedes the Painted Chamber which leads into the new rectilinear, House of Lords that appears to be domed. Neither design corresponds with previous or later designs and, lacking labels, were presumably abandoned.

On the verso of drawing 29 is an interior perspective of the King's Robing Room. It does not relate to the plan shown on the recto. The design shows a shallow cross vaulted ceiling to the fore and a canopy ceiling to the rear with a Corinthian screen separating them. For a corresponding but more finished interior perspective of the King's Robing room see drawing 105.

S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster'. PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 168 puts drawing 29 (with 26 and 27) as scheme 'A3' in Soane's sequence of designs for the House of Lords.



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