- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The new buildings attracted criticism from within the House of Commons. Firstly the demolition of the medieval Prince's Chamber and the old House of Lords was condemned as 'almost sacriligeous' (Sir J. Mackintosh), and secondly the new Gallery was attacked as 'strange and anomalous...a thing of such strange and absurd proportions that it was impossible to look at it without a feeling of disgust' (Henry Bankes). The Royal Gallery was further criticised in an anonymous article in Knight's Quarterly Magazine, ('The Sixth or Boetian Order of Architecture', vol. II, London, 1824, pp. 446-63) (q.v. P285).
*Survey drawings of the Prince's Chamber were made by Charles Papendiek in August 1823. Four of these drawings are held by the Westminster City Library and two are in the National Archives, Kew.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of Royal Gallery and Committee Rooms, 1823-24 (66)
- Cover sheet
- Designs for a Royal Gallery and Committee Rooms, July-August 1823
- Design for a new House of Lords, House of Commons and Speaker's House, 1823
- Further designs for the Royal Gallery, November 1823
- Details of designs for the Royal Gallery, December 1823
- Designs for the Ante-Room to the Royal Gallery, December 1823
- Further designs for the Royal Gallery, December 1823
- Measured drawings for the Royal Gallery and Committee Rooms, ?January 1824
- Record drawings of details of the Royal Gallery, 1824
- Site survey showing the alterations and additions executed by Soane, 12 January 1824
- Designs and preparatory sketches for the Royal Gallery, 1823-4
- Record drawings of the alterations to the House of Lords
- Exhibition drawing of the Royal Gallery with minimal ornamentation, exhibited 1824