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image SM 71/2/77

Reference number

SM 71/2/77


Preparatory sketch for a presentation drawing of the porte-cochère, c.1824


View of the Port-Cochere (sic) House of Lords / erected 1822


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Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown pen, sepia, blue, yellow and red washes, shaded, on wove paper (565 x 449)


Soane Office


Weatherley & Lane 1818


A rough drawing of the porte-cochère - probably made in preparation for a presentation or exhibition drawing - shows the moment of the arrival of the royal carriage at the House of Lords. The porte-cochère has four-centred arches, buttresses, quatrefoil ornaments and battlements. Through the porte-cochère it is possible to see the vaulting of the ceiling of the Royal Entrance. The exterior of the Royal Entrance has changed from previous designs (for example SM volume 61/25-26, SM 71/2/58A) - the screen beneath the traceried arches is left plain rather than being ornamented with blind arcading. Silhouetted in the background are James Wyatt's Gothic elevations to Old Palace Yard and the gabled south end of Westminster Hall.



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