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  • image SM 77/2/38

Reference number

SM 77/2/38


Working drawing for the galleries


Plan of the House of Lords / shewing the proposed Galleries


to a scale


as above, labelled: (feint pencil) No 2, (pencil) Reduce / this 6 inches, Platform, Gallery A, Gallery B, Iron Railing in Pannels, Iron Railing, 1½ Inch Flush Framing (twice), Platform raised 4''; steps numbered: 1-16 and 1-18

Signed and dated

  • 29 July 1820
    July 29th 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (530 x 742)


George Bailey (1792 - 1860)
Pupil and assistant August 1806 - January 1837.


Smith & Allnutt 1817


The staircases to the galleries are accessed from either end of the benches as in 'Plan No 1' (SM 51/3/60 and SM 51/3/56). They are enclosed and hidden from view by '1½'' flush' wood panelling which is detached from the walls to improve ventilation. The back benches on each gallery are raised on a 4-inch platform.



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