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image SM 51/2/31

Reference number

SM 51/2/31


Design for the soffits of the arches under the centre dome, 4 December 1823


Details of Soffitte (sic) of Arches under the Centre Dome


bar scale of 1¼ inches to 1 foot and (Full Size)


as above, labelled: House of Lords - Royal Gallery, eq[ua]l (3 times), A Full Size, A, [?Line of] Centre

Signed and dated

  • 4 December 1823
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 4th Decr 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper, lower right hand corner missing (530 x 719)


George Bailey (1792 - 1860)
Pupil and assistant August 1806 to January 1837.


The soffits of the arches under the centre dome are more elaborately decorated than the soffits of the arched apertures over the columns (SM 51/2/30). SM 51/2/25 is a detail of the entablature shown at the bottom left corner of the drawing.



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