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SM 71/2/49


Design for the entrance to the Scala Regia, 4 October 1822


Section of Entrance to Scala Regia


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: House of Lords, (pencil) 7.0, (pencil) 1.9 (3 times)

Signed and dated

  • 4 October 1822
    4th Octr / 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (518 x 732)


Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835)
Pupil January 1818 - March 1824.


Smith & Allnutt 1817


On the left of the drawing is a section looking west, back towards the Royal Entrance. The section on the right is made looking north towards the House of Lords. The design includes typically Soanean features - banded rustication, ball mouldings and a central rosette in the ceiling. The lobby forms part of a transitional area between the Gothic Royal Entrance and the Classical Scala Regia. There are niches for statues in the walls and, in the right hand section, a roundel. The two roundels from the lobby (one shown here and one on the opposite wall) survived the demolition of the Scala Regia and are kept at the Palace of Westminster.



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