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Reference Number

SM (57) 69/78 (58) P283 (North Drawing Room)

Purpose

[57-58] Sketch perspective and perspective of the Scala Regia, August 1800 (2)

Aspect

57 Sketch interior perspective 58 Finished interior perspective

Inscribed

(57) Scala Regia House of Lords / designed 1794 (58) Design No 2 and Part of design for new House of Lords (Sir J.Soane 1800) and verso: 6th lecture /1817 / 1819/ 1832

Medium and dimensions

(57) Pen, warm sepia and blue washes, shaded on laid paper in album with blue, pink and yellow marbled boards (368 x 234) (58) pen and coloured washes (917 x 692) framed

Hand

(57, 58) Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843, assistant January 1798 - March 1801)

Notes

The Scala Regia was an important part of Soane's design for the House of Lords. The imposing barrel-vaulted entrance with sculpted figures of past monarchs was doubtless designed to capture the interest and support of the King. The richly coffered ceiling, huge semicircular clerestory window, the giant Corinthian pilasters and the wide, carefully graduated stair are rendered by Gandy in his best manner.

Literature. S.Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesisi Columbia University, p. 231 (drawing 58).

Literature

S.Sawyer, 'The Processional Route' in 'John Soane, Master of space and light', ed. M.Richardson and M. A. Stevens, 1999, p. 256

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