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Reference number

SM 51/2/14


Design for the ceiling of the Ante-Room, 13 December 1823


Plan of the Ceiling of Ante Room to Royal Gallery and detail of mouldings in the ceiling marked 'A'; (verso) section through part of the Royal Gallery


(detail) (Full Size); (verso) bar scale of 5/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: House of Lords, A, Sqre and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 13 December 1823
    13th December 1823; (verso, pencil) L.I.F. / Decr 6 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, hatching, (verso: pen and pink wash), partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (360 x 521)


Soane Office


The drawing has a rough quality to it that suggests that it may have been done by Soane but the inscriptions are not in his hand. Jill Lever suggests that the side panels have the shape of a stirrup though without the hinge. Stirrups can symbolise 'rank'.



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