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image SM 51/3/57

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SM 51/3/57


Design for the staircases to the galleries (unexecuted)


Plan shewing the entrances to the / galleries, made in the / Centre of the sides


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (in Soane's hand): Design No 2; benches labelled (in pencil): 5 (5 times), 12 (4 times), 11 (3 times), 10 (4 times), 9 (4 times), 4

Signed and dated

  • 25 July 1820
    25th July 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (476 x 310)


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


In contrast to 'Plan No 1' (SM 51/3/60), 'Design No 2' has staircases that are entered from an aisle through the centre of the benches on the west side of the House (the right hand side of the drawing). Those on the east side of the House are entered from the ends of the benches, as in 'Plan No 1'. The capacity of the benches in this configuration is 186, as against 188 in 'Plan No 1'.



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