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SM 51/2/15


Design for the ceiling of the Ante-Room, 6 December 1823


Plan & Section of the / Ciel (sic) in the Room / next the Kings Staircase with details of the ceiling in section and part plan of a door surround


bar scale of 5/12 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (in Soane's hand): House of Lords, Section on the EF (sic), C, E, A, Section on the line CD, D, Section on the line AB, B, F, (office hand) G Full Size, G and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 6 December 1823
    (in Soane's hand) 6 Decr 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink and sepia washes, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (368 x 539)


Soane Office


The Ante-Room has a compartmentalised ceiling, a sectional detail of which is shown on the left hand side of the drawing. This has a scrolled bracket, a coved 'frieze', a pendant, egg and dart moulding and ogee moulding shown full size to the right of the drawing. Above this is a part plan of the door surrounds. The orientation of the ceiling decoration helped to emphasise the north-south axis of the Ante-Room (S. Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, p. 438).



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