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image SM 71/2/67

Reference number

SM 71/2/67

Purpose

Design for a Royal Gallery, December 1822

Aspect

Perspective View of a Design for the Great Committee Room marked B / House of Lords

Inscribed

as above

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields / December 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, sepia, blue, pink and yellow washes, shaded, with multi-ruled caput and black wash border on wove paper (383 x 383)

Hand

Soane Office

Watermark

J Whatman Turkey Mill Kent 1818

Notes

The Committee Room is 'marked B' on SM 71/2/84, a design for the Royal Entrance dated 'July 1822'. It is clear that this drawing corresponds to the earlier design for the Royal Entrance with its colonnades, niches for statuary, skylights and columned entrances despite the substantial gap between their dates. A similar design is SM 71/2/66, also dated 'July 1822'. Both of these designs relate to substantial interior alterations to existing parts of the building as initially envisaged by Soane. Later designs show Soane's intention to entirely rebuild this area. The room shown in this drawing was intended as one of three galleries supposed to create a 'National Monument' with statues and paintings conveying a sense of British valour. The Royal Gallery was executed in 1824 to a different design.

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Drawing

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