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SM 51/2/20


Design for the Ante-Room and Royal Gallery, 15 August 1823


Section through the Ante-Room and Royal Gallery looking west, part-plan of lantern and sketch alternative design for lantern by Soane


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


labelled: Design for the Ante-Room and Royal Gallery - House of Lords, York Landing (twice), Painted / Chamber, (in Soane's hand) ?Bell and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 15 August 1823
    L. I. Fields / August 15th 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, blue, olive green and burnt umber washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper with two modern repairs (554 x 685)


Soane Office


This design corresponds with the plan SM 51/2/12. The ante-room has elaborate door and window surrounds. The surround shown in this drawing is reminiscent of a triumphal arch and is topped with a heraldic sculpture. The gallery is divided into three bays. The first and third have shallow-domed or vaulted ceilings with the ceiling springing from Ionic columns. The central bay is topped with a large domed cupola with Corinthian columns. The cupola is shown in a part plan at the top of the drawing. In Soane's hand is another design for the cupola dated '16 Nov 1823' in which the dome is missing.



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