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Reference number

SM 51/3/56


Design for the galleries (executed)


Plan of Gallery No 1


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (in Soane's hand): Each Gallery / contains 51 seats; benches labelled (in pencil): 7 (5 times), 8 (twice)

Signed and dated

  • 25 July 1820
    John Soane / 25th July 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (481 x 305)


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


J Whatman 1820


SM 51/3/56 corresponds with 'Plan No 1' (SM 51/3/60) - that is, the galleries are accessed by staircases starting at the ends of the benches. Each gallery has enough seating for 51 people. Together with the benches which provide space for 188 peers, this brings the total capacity of the House to 290.



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