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Reference number

SM 51/2/12


Design for a Royal Gallery and Committee Rooms, 14 August 1823


Plan of the Royal Gallery &c; (verso) unfinished part-plan of an unidentified building


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: House of Lords, (in Soane's hand) From Plan 19 July 1823 and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 14 August 1823
    14th August 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, blue, burnt Sienna, yellow and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (647 x 536)


Soane Office


J Whatman 1820


A note in Soane's hand says that this design is taken 'from plan 19 July 1823', which must refer to the approved design SM 71/2/81. However there are several discrepancies between the two drawings. In this design the nearly-square ante-room at the south end of the Royal Gallery has four pairs of columns on either side of the entrance and window that face each other. The gallery is again divided into three bays, but instead of having three domed ceilings it has two cross vaults over columns and a dome or cupola over the central bay. In the Committee Rooms, the small room at the centre of the range has been replaced with an eliptical staircase and a water closet. The two larger rooms project from the centre of the range and there is now a corridor connecting the rooms on this side of the new building. Externally two pairs of columns have been added to the south front.



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