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  • image SM 71/2/51

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SM 71/2/51


Designs for the ceiling of the dome of the Scala Regia, 31 August 1822


Plan and Section of Dome of Scala Regia, Section shewing the finishing of Arch and Plan of a finial


bar scale of 1½ inches to 1 foot, details Half Full size and A Full size


as above, labelled: House of Lords, A

Signed and dated

  • 31 August 1822
    31st August 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (732 x 528)


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


Smith & Allnutt 1817


The ceiling of the dome of the Scala Regia is scalloped and ornamented with foliate motifs, egg and dart moulding, guilloche and, around the central opening for the lantern, 16 pendants consisting of inverted antefixes with pine cones.



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