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Reference number

SM 71/2/54


Design for part of the ceiling of the Scala Regia, 24 August 1822


Detail of Part of the Ceiling of the Scala Regia


(Full size)


as above, labelled: House of Lords

Signed and dated

  • 24 August 1822
    24th August 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (728 x 521)


George Bailey (1792 - 1860)
Pupil and assistant August 1806 - January 1837.


Smith & Allnutt 1817


SM 71/2/54 is a full size drawing for the barrel-vaulted first bay of the Scala Regia. The vault is coffered and the coffers are lined with ball mouldings and spaced with small rosettes, a feature that Sean Sawyer quite rightly observes derives from the Arch of Septimius Severus (Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 408). A line of pink wash shows the depth of the recessions.



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