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image SM 51/3/61

Reference number

SM 51/3/61


Record drawing of alterations to the House of Lords, August 1820




bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 14 August 1820
    14th August 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and pink washes with single ruled border on wove paper (402 x 641) with flier on wove paper (40 x 47)


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


J Whatman 1820


SM 51/3/61 shows the House of Lords - since 1800 located in the former Court of Requests - before it was altered by Soane who added a new door to the Long Gallery and an entrance for the Bishops, altered the dais and the throne, widened the entrance to the Painted Chamber and repaired the chimneypieces. However, the drawing is dated '14th August 1820', which is after Soane's alterations for the trial of Queen Caroline had been completed and by which time the alterations listed above had already been executed. Assuming the convention that pink wash shows indicates new masonry, this drawing shows the addition of a new chimneypiece at the north east end and alterations to the chimneypiece in the east wall of the House.



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