(38, 39) to a scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot (40, 41) to a scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot
(38) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords and the Rooms and Offices appertaining thereto more commodious. A*, labelled: Old Palace Yard, The River Thames, Mr Delavall's Offices, rooms labelled: Arcade, The Vestibule, The / Lords Robing Room, Officers of / the Lord / Great Chamberlain, Attendants on the Royal Family, Robing Room for / the Prince of Wales, and the rest / of the Royal Family, His Majesty's / Robing Room, Council / attending / the House, Witnesses / attending / the House, Committee Clerk, Committee Room (twice), The Clerk / of Parliament, Assistant Clerk / of Parliament, The Lord Chancellor / and Judges, The House / of Lords, The Painted Chamber, The / Lord Chancellor, Attendants / on the / Lord Chancellor, The Bishops / Robing Room, The / Archbishops, Messengers with Bills / from the / House of Commons, Black Rod (twice) together with doorkeepers' lobbies, lobbies, closets, water closets, coals and wood store, passages and staircase and some room dimensions given
(39) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords and the Rooms and Offices appertaining thereto more commodious, labelled: Mr Delavall's Offices and (pencil) Mr Delaval's House, rooms labelled as drawing 38 and some room dimensions given
(40) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords / and the Rooms and Offices appertaining thereto more commodious, rooms labelled as drawings 38 and 39 and some room dimensions given
(41) labelled: Old Palace Yard, The River Thames, Mr Delaval's House, Mr Delaval's Offices and rooms labelled as drawings 38-40 and some room dimensions given
Medium and dimensions
(38) Pen, sepia, red, yellow-green and blue washes, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper, 2 sheets joined, two old repairs (737 x 1223) (39) pen, sepia, pink and blue-green washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper, 2 sheets joined (737 x 1180) (40) pen, sepia, red,yellow and blue-green washes, with triple-ruled and black wash border on laid paper (490 x 665) (41) pen, sepia, red and blue-green washes, with quadruple-ruled and black wash border on laid paper (525 x 740)
(38, 39) Thomas Jeans (c.1775 -1866, pupil August 1792 - 25 August 1797) (40, 41) Frederick Meyer (1775 - ?, pupil April 1791-1796)
(38-40) J Whatman 1794 (41) Edmeads & Pine 1794 with fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, GR and 1794
The four drawings are for the same design labelled 'A*' that is a variant of design 'A' (drawings 36 and 37). Both sets of drawings have the principal entrance on the southward side and the royal route is the same but the design of the spaces differs so that A* has a four-column portico and the robing rooms on either side have an apsidal end behind which are a lobby and water closet. The entrance has two flights of steps and is necessarily narrower than in A (drawings 36-37) because it is on axis with an existing room that has to be kept and is now an oval lobby. The single file arrangement of offices for the various functionaries is the same as in 'A' though the room labels differ.
S. Sawyer, 'Soane at Westminster', PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p.180. The final design (a 'synthesis of two planning approaches' taken from 'A1' to 'A6') includes drawings 38-41. Reference also to drawing 40, p. 181, and pp. 182, 184 for drawings 38-41.
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