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image SM 51/2/21

Reference number

SM 51/2/21


Variant design (section) for the Royal Gallery, 1823


Section through the Ante-Room, Royal Gallery and basements looking west


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Design for the Royal Gallery at the House of Lords

Signed and dated

  • 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, blue, yellow and olive green washes on wove paper (425 x 739)


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The Royal Gallery retains the same basic form and many of the same elements as in SM 51/2/20 - the cubic ante-room with its elaborate door surrounds, the three-bay gallery, the cupola and the clerestory - but there are some alterations. The visible entrance in the ante-room has Ionic columns supporting an entablature topped this time with a pediment with antefixes. In the previous design a pitched roof was shown in outline, but here one of the roof trusses is shown. In the gallery there are now additional columns and pilasters between each bay. The cupola has been altered in line with Soane's rough addition to SM 51/2/20 (dated 16 November 1823). It now has a much shallower dome and uses Ionic rather than Corinthian columns. Over the first and third bays Soane has added domed lanterns above vaulted ceilings.



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