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SM 71/2/53


Designs for the ornamentation of the upper part of the Scala Regia, 21 August 1822


Full size details Parts at large (full size details) of the King's Entrance into the House of Lords; (verso) section through dome


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as above, labelled: House of Lords, A full size, B full size, C full size, D full size, E full size, F full size, G on the Plan and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 21 August 1822
    21 August

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink and sepia washes (verso: pen and pink washes), pricked for transfer on wove paper (513 x 702)


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868)
Pupil January 1818 - November 1823.


Smith & Allnutt 1817


The lettering of the parts at large refers to labelling on SM 71/2/44 which shows the full height of the Scala Regia. That drawing reveals that much of the ornamentation was derived from the engravings and descriptions in Desgodetz's Les Édifices Antiques de Rome (1682). Antique motifs such as acanthus leaves and egg and dart moulding are here employed alongside typically Soanean elements such as the ball mouldings in part 'A'. The details in this drawing are for the upper part of the Scala Regia, including parts of the first barrel vault, the central dome and the cornice. On the verso of the drawing is a section through a coffered dome, the location of which is unknown.



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