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image SM 71/2/65

Reference number

SM 71/2/65


Design for a proposed new room labelled 'A', July 1822


View of one of the proposed New Rooms House of Lords


as above, labelled: A

Signed and dated

  • July 1822
    Lincolns Inn Fields July 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, caput, olive green, yellow and grey washes, shaded, with multi-ruled caput and black wash border on wove paper (352 x 376)


Soane Office


J[ames Whatman]


Room 'A', the former Prince's Chamber, is at the summit of the Scala Regia and forms part of an intended 'national monument' with paintings and sculpture to glorify British valour (see SM 71/2/84). The paintings shown in SM 71/2/65 illustrate naval and military victories and surround a statue of King George IV.

The form of a square-based shallow dome with a large lantern was typical of Soane and was employed at the Westminster Law Courts adjacent to Westminster Hall as well as at the Bank of England. In this instance the inclusion of windows in the arches of the dome make the room even brighter.

This design was not executed although a new Royal Gallery was built by Soane in 1824.



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