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image SM (55) volume 69/83 (56) P276 (North Drawing Room)

Reference number

SM (55) volume 69/83 (56) P276 (North Drawing Room)


[55-56] Sketch perspective, 29 September 1800 and perspective for a vestibule, November 1800 (2)


55 View of design for the Vestibule 56 Finished interior perspective for the Vestibule


(55) as above (56) Design for new House of Lords (Sir John Soane 1794)

Signed and dated

  • (55) Septr 29th 1800
    (56) Nov. 20th 1800

Medium and dimensions

(55) Pen and sepia wash, shaded on laid paper in album with blue, pink and yellow marbled boards (368 x 234) (56) pen and coloured washes, staffage in gouache, framed (910 x 710 approximately)


(55) Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843, assistant January 1798-March 1801) (56) ? Gandy (the staffage by another hand)


(54) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, GR


The Vestibule has a coffered domed ceiling and apse, large semicircular clerestory windows, Corinthian pilasters, tall niches with sculpted figures and a frieze.
Literature. S.Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis Columbia University, p,229



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