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Reference number

SM 51/3/58


Survey drawing of the House of Lords


Plan of the House as it now is


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 25 July 1820
    25th July 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (481 x 308)


Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835)
Pupil January 1818 - March 1824.


This survey drawing shows the seating arrangements in the House of Lords as on 25 July 1820. This was the former Court of Requests which had been fitted up as a new House of Lords in 1800 under the direction of James Wyatt (1746-1813). The peers' benches are set out on either side of the House. In the centre are a further five benches, a table and the woolsacks (the seats of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Lords), and at the southern end of the House (at the top of the drawing) is the raised dais on which is the throne. Pencilled in are some initial designs for the staircases that provide access to the new galleries.





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