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image SM 71/2/81

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SM 71/2/81


Approved design for Royal Galleries and Committee Rooms, 19 July 1823


Plan of the House of Lords with new Royal Galleries and Committee Rooms


bar scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot


labelled (pencil): (in Soane's hand, pen) Scala Regia, Mrs Wagners / Room (twice), Bishops / Stairs, Bishops / Waiting / Room, Entrance / Hall, Scullery, Wash / house, Archbishops / Stairs, Mrs Wagners / Kitchen, Open Yard, No 4 Committee / Rooms, His Majestys / Robing / Room, The House of Lords, Painted Ch[ambe]r, Centre of -------- (illegible), Area, Lobby to the / House of / Lords, House of Lords, Corridor leading to the / His Majestys Rob[in]g Room, Great Cha[mber], (in Soane's hand) This plan submitted to / the Earl of Liverpool on / the 21 July 1823 at Fife / House & approved & directed to / be carried into execution as soon / as poss, Committee Room / 40 x 24, Library, 40 / 36

Signed and dated

  • 19 July 1823
    L Inn Fields 19 July 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer with multi-ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (737 x 626)


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The first of Soane's second set of designs for a Royal Gallery draws on some elements of previous designs but includes the addition of a suite of Committee Rooms to the east of the site, towards the river. The new design includes a vestibule at the top of the Scala Regia which leads into a square ante-room. From here a left turn can be taken into a three-bay gallery. The processional route continues into the Painted Chamber. Designs made in December 1822 also show the gallery as consisting of three bays although in the latest design the gallery appears to be narrower. Parallel to this gallery on the other side of an open area are five Committee Rooms. The design also seems to include, in pencil, to the right of the drawing, a new House of Lords with lobby and 'corridor to His Majesty's robing room'. The Royal Entrance and Scala Regia, completed in February 1823, are shown to the left of the drawing (west of the new additions) and the House of Lords is the large, thick-walled chamber in the centre of the sheet. According to Soane's note the drawing was submitted to the Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool, and approved on 21 July 1823 'to be carried into execution as soon as poss[ible]'.



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