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image SM 71/2/72

Reference number

SM 71/2/72


Approved design for the Scala Regia, February 1822


Interior perspective of the Scala Regia


as above, Submitted to His Majesty / by Col Stephenson & ap- / proved

Signed and dated

  • February 1822
    John Soane Arch L.I.F. / Feb 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, yellow, sepia, pink and blue washes, shaded, with multi-ruled caput and black wash border on wove paper (451 x 336)


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Although more elaborately ornamented than in SM 71/2/71, with rosettes, Vitruvian scroll mouldings and angels with trumpets, the Scala Regia is much less elaborate than the ceremonial staircase designed by Soane in 1794-6 (q.v. London: House of Lords, Palace of Westminster: official (mostly domeless) designs: drawings 102-3). However, this was the design approved by the King, according to a note on the drawing in Soane's hand. The Scala Regia was an important part of Soane's 1794-6 designs that was resurrected in the 1820s scheme. It formed one part of a grand processional route into the heart of Westminster, immediately preceded by a gothic Royal Entrance and leading on to a 'national monument' consisting of three Royal Galleries. Soane's Royal Staircase was executed in 1822-3 to a different design (see SM volume 61/29-30).



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