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Reference number

SM (116) volume 62/6 (117) volume 62/8 (118) volume 62/9 (119) volume 62/10

Purpose

[116-119] Record drawings of elevations (4)

Aspect

116 Copy of flank (south) elevation of 15 bays 117 Copy of flank (south) elevation of 17 bays 118 Copy of flank (south) elevation of 17 bays 119 Copy of flank (south) elevation of 15 bays and (verso) very roughly drawn plan and elevation by Soane

Scale

(116, 118) bar scales of 1/17 inch to 1 foot (117, 119) to a scale

Inscribed

(116) The House of Lords / Design for the Entrance front / (pencil) abt 1794 (117) The House of Lords / The Elevation of a Designs for the Entrance Front / To the Right Honble WILLIAM PITT, Chancellor of the Exchequer &c &c / This and the [space] Designs following for rendering the House of Lords / and the Rooms & Offices appertaining thereto more commodious / is inscribed by his much obliged & obedt servt / [signed by] John Soane (118, 119) The House of Lords / Design for the Entrance Front / (pencil) 1794

Medium and dimensions

(116) Pen, burnt umber and sepia washes, shaded on thin wove paper (258 x 404), p. 6 of volume 62 (117) pen and sepia wash, shaded on thin wove paper (258 x 405), p. 8 of volume 62 (118) pen, burnt umber and sepia washes, shaded on thin wove paper (258 x 402), p. 9 of colume 62 (119) pen, burnt umber and sepia washes, shaded on thin wove paper (259 x 404), p. 10 of volume 62

Hand

(116-119) Henry Provis (1760-1830, clerk July 1792-February 1802), verso of 119 by Soane

Watermark

(116-118) fleur-de-lis, IV (119) I Taylor, post horn within crowned cartouche and below, GR

Notes

The originals of these four drawings have not been found so that these copies are the evidence for further elevational designs beyond drawings 52 to 80 and 96 to 100. Two other record drawings (drawings 126-127) are also copies (as 116-117).

The massing of the four designs is similar, that is, three projecting bays at each end, recessed intermediate three bays and a projecting centre of three or five bays. Drawings 116 to 118 are of two storeys with a rusticated ground floor with square windows and two ancillary doors. The centre of 116 has a pair of Composite columns on either side of the entrance, 117 has four Composite columns and 118 has four Doric columns on a semicircular plan. The end bays of 117 and 118 each have a three-bay parapet that supports four statues. The centre bays of all four designs are each crowned by a lateral, stepped pedestal with wreath and two lions and Boudica with chariot and horses. Drawing 119 is of three storeys with a rusticated ground floor, the three end bays with four Ionic colums supporting a pediment, the centre with two pairs of Composite capitals.

Level

Drawing

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