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image SM 71/2/82

Reference number

SM 71/2/82


Design for a new Royal Entrance, February 1822


Plan of Old Palace Yard with the new Royal Entrance


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


labelled: Old Palace Yard, Abingdon Street, Robing Room, Part of the / House of Lords, The / Painted Chamber, A, B, C

Signed and dated

  • February 1822
    Lincolns Inn Fields / February 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, sepia and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer with multi-ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (916 x 644)


Soane Office


J Whatman 1820


SM 71/2/82 shows Soane's initial design for the new Royal Entrance. The offices added to the west side of the House of Lords by James Wyatt (1746-1813) are shown in a darker grey wash and Soane's new work, consisting of a curved arcade with buttresses (B) and a new ceremonial staircase (C), is shown in pink. A plan of 1793 in The History of the King's Works, VI, 1973, fig. 19, shows that the Scala Regia replaced an existing staircase. The new Royal Entrance has a (single bay) fan-vaulted ceiling (A) as does the vestibule preceding the staircase. In pencil (probably Soane's hand) are rough ideas for alterations to the Prince's Chamber (to the east of the Scala Regia) and the buildings between the Prince's Chamber and the Painted Chamber, alterations to an adjacent building on Abingdon Street to give it a more regular outline and alterations to the line of the Royal Entrance.



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