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Reference number

SM (42) 16/5/11 (43) 16/5/9 (44) 16/5/8 (45) 16/5/13 (46) 16/5/10

Purpose

[42-46] Alternative designs (5)

Aspect

(42) Plan of ground floor with flier (43) Plan of ground floor (44) Plan of ground floor (45) Plan of ground floor (46) Plan of ground floor, part of drawing missing

Scale

(42-46) to a scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

(42) (in a Roman label) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords / and the Rooms and Offices appertainingthereto more commodious, labelled: The River Thames, Mr Delaval's House, rooms labelled: Arcade, The Vestibule, Lords Robing Room, Committee Clerk, Committee Room, Solicitors and Witnesses / and other Persons attending / by Order of the House, His Majesty's / Entrance, Council / attending / the House, Robing Room / for the Prince of Wales / and the rest / of the Royal Family, Attendants on / His Majesty, The / Earl Marshall (twice), His Majesty's Robing Room, Officers of / the Lord / Great Chamberlain, The Lord / Great Chamberlain, Committee Room, The Lord Chancellor / and Judges, The Lord Chancellor, The Clerk / of Parliament, Assistant Clerk / of Parliament, The Bishops / Robing Room, Archbishops / Robing Room, Black Rod / and / Messengers with / Bills from the / House of Commons, Black Rod (twice), Painted Chamber, The Court / of Parliament together with doorkeepers' lobbies, lobbies, anti-room, waiting room and water closets, dimensions given and with flier inscribed Conference Room (43) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords and the Rooms and Offices appertaining thereto more commodious, labelled: The River Thames, (pencil) Mr Delaval's House, rooms labelled: Arcade, The Vestibule, Committee Room, Committee Clerk, Committee Room, Solicitors and Witnesses / and other Persons attending / by Order of the House, The Entrance / for his Majesty / and the rest / of the Royal Family, Council / attending / the House, Robing Room for / the Prince of Wales / and the rest / of the Royal Family, Attendants / on the Prince, Attendants / on his Majesty, Black Rod (twice), Robing Room for His Majesty, Officers of / the Lord / Great Chamberlain, The Lord / Great Chamberlain, The Earl Marshall, Spectators, The Lord Chancellor / and Judges, The / Lord Chancellor, Court, The / House of Lords, The Painted Chamber, The Clerk / of Parliament, Assistant Clerk / of Parliament, The Bishops / Robing Room, Archbishops / Robing Room, The Conference Room, The Court / of Parliament together with doorkkeepers' lobbies, lobbies, waiting room, anti-room and water closets, dimensions given (44) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords and the Rooms and Offices appertaining thereto more commodious, labelled: Old Palace Yard, The River Thames, Mr Delaval's offices, rooms labelled: Arcade, The Vestibule, The Robing Room for / the Prince of Wales / and the rest / of the Royal Family, Attendants on the Prince of Wales, The Lord / Great Chamberlain, Officers of / the Lord / Great Chamberlain, His Majesty's / Robing Room, Attendants on / His Majesty, Entrance / for his Majesty, Committee Room, Witness / attending / the House, Council / attending / the House, The Great / Committee Room, The Library, The / Earl Marshall, The / Lord Chamberlain / and Judges, The / Lord Chancellor, The House / of Lords, Painted Chamber, The Clerk / of Parliament, Writing / Clerk, Assistant Clerk / of Parliament, The Bishops / Robing Room, Archbishops / Robing Room, For the Accommodation / of the Members of the / House of Commons, Black Rod (twice), The Court / of Parliament together with doorkeepers' lobbies, lobbies, waiting room, store closets and water closet and dimensions given (45) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords and the Rooms and Offices appertaining thereto more commodious, labelled: The River Thames, Mr Delaval's Offices, Mr Delaval's House, rooms labelled: Arcade, Vestibule, The Robing Room for / the Prince of Wales / and the rest of / the Royal Family, Attendants on the Prince of Wales, Spectators, Door / of entrance / for the spectatrs, His Majesty's / Robing Room, Attendants on / his Majesty, Committee Room, Solicitors and Witnesses / and other Persons / attending by order / of the House, Council / attending the House, Black Rod (twice), Committee Clerk, Committee Room, The / Earl Marshall, The / Lord Chancellor / and Judges, The / Lord Chancellor, The Clerk / of Parliament, The House of Lords, Painted Chamber, Assistant Clerk / of Parliament, Archbishops / Robing Room, The Bishops / Robing Room, Conference Room, The Court of Parliament together with doorkeepers' lobbies, lobby, waiting room, store closets, coals closet and water closets and dimensions given (46) The Plan of a Design to render the House of Lords / and the Rooms and Offices appertaining thereto more commodious, rooms labelled: The / Entrance Hall, Room for / the Accommodation / of the Lords, Robing Room / for the Lords, The Earl Marshall, Robing Room / for / the Prince of Wales, Council / attending / the House, The Entrance / for his Majesty / and the rest of / the Royal Family, Witnesses / attending / the House, Serjeant / at Arms, Black Rod, Robing Room for / the Duke of Glocester / and the rest of the Royal Family, Anti-room / for / attendants, Robing Room for his Majesty, Lord Great / Chamberlain, Court, Committee / Room, The Clerk of Parliament, The / Clerk's Room, Court, The House / of Lords, Conference Room, The / Archbishops, The / Bishops, The / Court of / Parliament together with doorkeepers' lobbies, lobby, anti-rooms and water closets, dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

(42) Pen, sepia, red, blue and green washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper, two sheets joined with one old repair (754 x 1218, flier 240 x 150) (43) pen, sepia, red, blue and green washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper, four sheets joined (758 x 1157) (44) pen, sepia, red, blue and green washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper, two sheets joined (745 x 1218) (45) pen, sepia, red, green and blue washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper, two sheets joined (752 x 1130) (46) pen, sepia, red, green and blue washes, pricked for transfer, two sheets joined, the lower left-hand side damaged and with old repair (750 x 1221)

Hand

(42, 43) Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil April 1791-1796) (44-46) Thomas Jeans (c.1775-1866, pupil August 1792 - 25 August 1797)

Watermark

(42) J Whatman and [W]hatman, flier: Britannia with shield holding lance and olive branch within crowned roundel (43) J Whatman (44) J Whatman (twice) (46) J Whatman

Notes

These five large drawings have the same format as drawings 36 and 37. In drawing 42 the flier offers a conference room and a doorkeeper's lobby instead of three offices for Black Rod. Drawings 42 and 43 are close in design though differing in, for example, the internal layout of the new chamber for the Lords, the area with alternative designs given in a flier on drawing 42 and the arrangement of columns fronting the elevation to the river. Drawing 44 has the King's Entrance with straight-sided walls (as does drawing 46), the columned east front is as drawing 43, the design for an offices area corresponds with that given (below the flier) on drawing 42. The King's Entrance on drawing 45 has, for the first time, a geometrical staircase, the columned treatment of the east front is the same as in drawing 42, the layout of the new Lords chamber is as in drawings 42 and 44. Drawing 46 has a part of it missing on the east (river) side. It offers another solution to the area covered by a flier on drawing 42 and has the same layout for the new chamber of the Lords as drawings 42, 44 and 45. The royal route begins at the entrance on the south side and bears right to the King's Robing Room on drawings 42, 43 and 46 and left on drawings 44 and 45. The advantage of having the King's Entrance on the south side is that it allows for a shorter and more direct route than when (as in the earlier drawings) sited on the west side in Old Palace Yard.

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 42-46. Reference also to drawings 44 and 45, pp. 182, 184.

See also two additional drawings related to drawings 42 and 43 (filed after drawing 130-132.

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