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image SM 51/2/39

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SM 51/2/39


Design for the south front of the Royal Gallery and Committee Rooms, 1823


Elevation of a Design for finishing the exterior of the South End of the Royal Gallery, Committee Rooms &c / at the House of Lords


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


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Signed and dated

  • 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink pen, yellow ochre, black, blue and pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on two sheets of wove paper, affixed, with two fold marks (523 x 995)


A later design for the south front of the Royal Gallery and Committee Rooms, which is roughly 100 feet wide, this drawing shows the new buildings with the domed cupola over the centre bay of the Royal Gallery visible behind the elevation. In comparison to an earlier design for the south front (SM 51/2/38), this one is 22 feet wider with five bays, each bay having a single pedimented window, the three central bays divided by pairs of pilasters and the second and fourth windows set into recessed arches. The façade is flanked by two wings each with large round-headed windows (the one on the left corresponding with the centre of the Scala Regia) and another, pedimented window. The design of the east wing is determined by the design of the west wing. The ground floor has banded rustication and plain, square-headed windows. Pink wash shows the floor and ceiling levels as well as the staircase in the centre of the south front.



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