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image SM 71/2/68

Reference number

SM 71/2/68


Design for a Royal Gallery, December 1822


Perspective Sketch of a Design for the proposed Royal Gallery forming the / Approach for His Majesty to the House of Lords


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Signed and dated

  • December 1822
    Lincolns Inn Fields, December 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, sepia, blue and yellow washes, shaded, with multi-ruled caput and black wash border on wove paper (408 x 303)


Soane Office


A complete rebuilding of the room marked 'B' on SM 71/2/84, Soane's new Royal Gallery has three bays with characteristic pendentive domes, the centre one of which carries a lantern and at least one of which appears to be painted with a naturalistic sky effect. The domes are richly ornamented with scrolls, rosettes and acanthus motifs. The plan of the room is shown on SM 71/2/85, although the perspective differs in some respects. For instance, the apses in the perspective are top lit, and the niches in the apses on the plan become open arches. Furthermore the perspective shows no columns whereas the plan has pairs of columns between each of the bays. Soane favoured top-lighting for galleries as can be seen at Dulwich Picture Gallery and his own Picture Room at Lincoln's Inn Fields. The panelled double-doors at the end of the gallery lead through to the Painted Chamber. The Royal Gallery was executed in 1824 to an entirely different design.



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