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image SM 51/2/6

Reference number

SM 51/2/6

Purpose

Design for the ground floor of the new committee rooms, 28 January 1825

Aspect

Plan of the Library at the House of Lords erected 1825 (sic - see scheme notes)

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, labelled: Water Closet, Lobby and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

28th January 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (489 x 683)

Hand

Soane Office

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt 1820

Notes

The only rooms that are labelled on this ground floor plan are the lobby and water closet next to the Scala Regia but the large room is the new committee room parallel to the Royal Gallery (to the east/right). It appears to have a pyramidal skylight in the middle of the roof.

On 20 June 1825 the Lords Committee decided to transform the committee room into a library. By that time new committee rooms were being planned towards the Thames and the provision of a new library had become a necessity. The total cost was £10,150.

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Drawing

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