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image SM (44) P353 (was P284) in (Model Room)

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SM (44) P353 (was P284) in (Model Room)


[44] Design for re-modelling the Painted Chamber,c. 1795 or before


(44) Interior perspective with inset plan

Signed and dated

  • c.1796 see notes

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes (740 x 575 approximately), framed


Frederick Meyer (1775 ?, pupil April 1791-1796)


The inset plan shows an entrance, a part of Westminster Hall, the Painted Chamber, a lobby, the House of Lords, and offices. None of the plans (Domeless designs, 1-51) correspond with this inset plan. One of several designs for re-modelling the Painted Chamber, this may be the earliest. It shows Ionic columns on pedestals that support a cross vault, domical vault (or canopy dome) and another cross vault. The room is lit by Diocletian windows set high, the floor is chequered and there are two banks of four steps. The perspective is not by J.M. Gandy and thus was probably made before January 1798 when he joined Soane's office. Frederick Meyerseems a more likely draughtsman and if so,the drawing must date not later than 1796 when he finished his five-year pupilage. It may have been the drawing for an 'Entrance front and interior' exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1795 (A.Graves, RA exhibitors, 1905-06, pp.201-2).



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