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Reference number

SM 51/2/16

Purpose

Design for the Ante-Room, 8 December 1823

Aspect

Plan of the top landing of the Scala Regia and the Ante-Room ADD VERSO

Scale

bar scale of 5/12 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

labelled: House of Lords, Scala Regia, 8'0'', 24'0'', Ante-Room, 22'6'', 8'0'', Part of the / Royal / Gallery, 1'7½'', 1'4½''

Signed and dated

8th Decr 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, grey and burnt Sienna washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (365 x 537)

Hand

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

Notes

The top landing of the Scala Regia is placed between two oval vestibules and leads into the Ante-Room to the Royal gallery. At 22.6 x 24 feet this is a nearly square room that has elaborate door and window surrounds on all four walls. The main entrance is wider on the side of the Ante-Room - previously the Scala Regia side had been wider (see SM 51/2/13). As well as this entrance there are another two, smaller entrances leading out of the vestibules into the Ante-Room. Upon entering the Ante-Room, the door to the left (north or top of the drawing) leads into the Royal Gallery and three doors on the opposite side of the room lead into another staircase. The only window - to the south of the room - overlooks Old Palace Yard.

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