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image SM 51/2/1

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SM 51/2/1


Survey drawing of the old committee room and lobby to the House of Lords, December 1824


Section through the old committee room and lobby to the House of Lords looking south


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


labelled: Committee Room, Lobby to House of Lords, (pencil) level of street

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (359 x 523)


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


Smith & Allnutt 1820


The medieval rooms forming the committee room and lobby to the House of Lords are very austere. The lobby has two discernibly Gothic features - the four-centred arched doorway and the pointed-arch leaded lights. To the left is one of the Ionic columns from the Royal Gallery. Remarkable is the steeply ramped 'sill' to the two windows in the 'Committee Room'. The windows are high up in the room, perhaps for reasons of privacy.



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