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image SM 51/2/34

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SM 51/2/34


Design for the ornamentation of the dome in the Royal Gallery, 4 December 1823


Plan and Section of Design for the Finishings of Dome &c


bar scale of 5/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: House of Lords, 6'1'' (twice), 1'10½'', 10'10½'' (twice)

Signed and dated

  • 4 December 1823
    4th Decr 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen, pink, blue and sepia washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (733 x 532)


David Alfred Mocatta (1806 - 1882)
Pupil March 1821 - February 1827.


The domed ceiling over the central bay of the Royal Gallery is shown in plan and section. The pendentives are fluted and ornamented with motifs of acanthus leaves (shown in a small detail to the right of the drawing) and roundels based on a roundel in the frieze of the Temple of Vespasian in Rome. Further towards the centre of the dome are incised Greek fret patterns (see also SM 51/2/29).



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