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Reference number

SM 51/7/6


Survey drawing of the cupola in the Royal Gallery, 1824


Section through Centre Dome and Lantern Light / Royal Gallery House of Lords; (verso) part plan of the House of Lords with rough sketches of decorative sculpture in the Soane Museum


as above, labelled: (pencil) Level of Floor, B, A, C, (pen) A, D and dimensions given; (verso, pencil) Sir T.T., Mr Lee, New Building, Painted / Chamber and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1824
    (pencil) 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on wove paper (339 x 229)


Soane Office


The verso shows the part of the committee rooms nearest the river. 'Sir T.T.' is Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt (1762-1833), the former MP for Okehampton who served as Black Rod from 1812-32. 'Mr Lee' is Adam Lee (c.1772-1843), Labourer in Trust, some of whose own drawings for the House of Commons' new committee rooms are also in the Soane Museum Collection (SM 51/4/2-8). The verso also has rough drawings of pieces of decorative sculpture that can be found in Sir John Soane's Museum, including a Greek statue of Asclepius. Perhaps these are the doodles of a bored pupil.



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