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image SM 51/3/63

Reference number

SM 51/3/63

Purpose

Record drawing of the alterations to the House of Lords

Aspect

Elevation of Gallery

Scale

bar scale of 2/7 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, labelled: House of Lords

Signed and dated

3d August 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, black, yellow ochre, sepia and blue washes, shaded, pricked for transfer with double ruled and black wash border on wove paper (518 x 719)

Hand

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

Notes

SM 51/3/63 shows 'Gallery B' as executed. At the top of the drawing is the rough outline of the top of one of the iron columns. The section to the right of the drawing shows the raised platform for the back benches of the gallery. Curiously a painting of the trial of Queen Caroline by George Hayter in the National Portrait Gallery shows the framing as being red and the iron columns and railings as being gilded, whereas in SM 51/3/63 they are untreated and in SM 51/3/60 the railings are directed to be hung with crimson cloth. A drawing at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 3306.99) is inscribed "House of Lords as fitted up by Sir John Soane for the Queen's Trial", and shows the Lords' Chamber as decorated in red and gold (P. du Prey, Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum: Sir John Soane, 1985, p. 100 [no. 415]).

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Drawing

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