(72-80) to a scale
(72) (pencil) Qy [Query] Pilast[ers] (verso, pencil) This No 1, (pen) Modiglion Cor[nice] (a cornice supported by modillions), with a / Ped.[iment]
(73) (pencil) No 2, No Columns / nor / Pilasters
(74) (pencil) This No 3
(75) (pencil, verso, title) Plan to render the House of Lords and the Rooms and Offices appertaining / thereto more commodious / Plan to Render the House of Lor
(76) no break in Entab.[lature] and 1/8 diam[eter]
(77) (pencil) This No 2
(78) omit the Pedt
(79) (pencil) Steps --- ---- (illegible) Thames, Qy Make AB is there in / Break, Peace / & / Plenty, Hope / & / Unanimity (verso, pencil) Triumphal / Arch of / Titus or / Sept[imus] Severus (Arch of Titus in Rome A.D. 82, Septimus Severus also in Rome A.D. 203)
(80) some dimensions given, (feint pencil) The Elevation to the River, (very feint pencil) a list numbered from 1 to 30 that is a list of rooms, mostly erased, for example Court of Requests, also (feint pencil, title) A Plan to render the House of Lords and the Rooms / and Offices appertaining thereto to more Commodious (verso) two rooms labelled Doorkeeper and Black Rod
Signed and dated
- (75) Octr 13 1794 (twice) (76) (pencil) Octr 13 1794 (verso, pen) Octr 14 1794 (77) (pencil) Octr 13 1794 (78) Octr 15th 1794
Medium and dimensions
(72) Pencil, pen, brown pen, sepia wash on thin laid paper (344 x 567) (verso) brown pen (73) pen, brown pen, sepia wash, pencil, red sealing wax top lefthand corner on thin laid paper (161 x 557) (verso) brown pen, hatching (74) pen, pencil, sepia wash, shaded on thin laid paper (169 x 520) (verso) pen and sepia wash (75) brown pen, hatching, pencil on thin laid paper (168 x 570) (76) brown pen, hatching, pencil on thin laid paper (165 x 560) (verso) pencil (77) pen, sepia wash, shaded, pencil on thin laid paper (167 x 527) (verso) pen, brown pen, hatching (78) pen, brown pen, sepia wash, shading, hatching, pencil on thin laid paper (345 x 562) (79) pen, pencil, sepia wash, shaded on stout wove paper (336 x 717) (verso) pencil with part of a multiple ruled border with black and sepia washes (80) brown pen and pencil, hatching on thin laid paper (345 x 568) (verso) pen, brown pen, pencil
(72-80) Soane and Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil April 1791-1796). Soane's office Day book for 13-15 October 1794 has the pupils Jeans (Thomas Jeans (c.1775-1866, pupil August 1792 - 25 August 1797), Meyer and Seward (Henry Hake Seward (1778-1846, pupil, assistant May 1794 - September 1808) as 'abt. drawings of House Lords' for 'The King'. It might be assumed that these drawings are by Soane and certainly the brown pen and pencil designs 72 verso, 73 verso, 75, 76, 76 verso, 77 verso, 78, 80) as well as the interventions and additions are by him. The pen and wash drawings were probably made by by Frederick Meyer,
a pupil from April 1791 to 1796 and the most experienced of the trio.
All the designs for the flank elevation are 15-bays wide and have a rusticated basement with windows to each bay with (generally) a secondary door in the second and fourteenth bays. Bays 4-6 and 10-12 are stepped back, the wider three bays of the centre have an attic storey or, in four cases, a pediment. The order is Ionic, sometimes fluted, except for drawing 74 recto where a composite order is suggested. The drawings all seem to have been made on offcuts from larger drawings between 13th and 15th of October 1794 or thereabouts, largely by Soane but also by his most experienced pupil at that time - Frederick Meyer.
A comparison of elevations with plans shows that drawings 72, 73, 77,79 with a southwards (flank) elevation of 15 bays and four pairs of columns corresponds with (plans) 36 to 46 though the number of columns differs.
S. Sawyer, 'Soane in Westminster', PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 191 drawings 72 -79, p. 192 drawings 75-78, p. 193 drawings 72 verso, 73, 75 and 76, versos of drawings 73, 77, 79, 79 recto.
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