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SM 51/2/18


Design for the Ante-Room, December 1823


Plan and Sections of Ante-Room to Royal Gallery


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: House of Lords and (pencil) some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • December 1823
    Decr 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (644 x 530)


Soane Office


The entrance from the Scala Regia is to the left of the drawing, the Royal Gallery is at the top and the window is at the bottom. The four laid-out wall elevations show a simplified version of the unusual door and window surrounds, described by Dorothy Stroud as "pairs of scagliola columns supporting massive 'pediments' in the form of pierced balustrades" (D. Stroud, Sir John Soane Architect, 1996, p. 216). The surrounds have niches or entrances on either side. The execution of the drawing appears to have been rather hurried as the capitals and columns are not always aligned and the volutes are done very roughly.



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