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image SM 71/2/59

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SM 71/2/59


Design for the lobby to the Scala Regia, 21 November 1822


Plan, Section looking from A to B and Section looking from C to D


bar scale of 6/11 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: A, B, C, D

Signed and dated

  • 21 November 1822
    21st Novr / 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, burnt Sienna, blue, sepia and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (574 x 335)


Soane Office


The 'section looking from A to B' shows the entrance from the small irregular vestibule through to the larger vestibule at the base of the Scala Regia. The entrance takes the shape of a four-centred arch and has Gothic ornamentation above, in keeping with the Gothic style of the Royal Entrance. The 'section looking from C to D' shows the entrance from the Scala Regia vestibule looking back towards the smaller vestibule. This entrance is in a Classical style with an overmantel of foliate motifs, pendants and roundels with rosettes on the ceiling and a central, round skylight. The intermediate entrance between the two vestibules - Gothic on one side and classical on the other - acts as a point of transition between the historical Gothic exterior of the House of Lords (and Soane's Royal Entrance) and the ornately classical interior of the Scala Regia, part of the King's ceremonial processional route to the House of Lords.



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