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image SM 51/3/37

Reference number

SM 51/3/37


Design for new committee rooms and a new House of Lords, June 1825


Site plan


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 10 feet


labelled: The River Thames, New House of / Lords, Area (twice), Ante Room, New Gallery, Committee / Room, Scala Regia, Bishops / Robing Room, Arch Bishops / Robing / Room, The Painted Chamber, His Majesty's / Robing Room, The House of Lords, Lobby, The House of Commons, The Speakers House, Westminster Hall

Signed and dated

  • June 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper with one fold mark (525 x 648)


Soane Office


This design for a new House of Lords with new committee rooms and offices recalls some of Soane's earlier designs made from circa 1795 (SM 16/7/1-3, 51/3/32, 35, 36, P263, P256, XP21). The frontage to the new House of Lords is replicated to the north, although in this design - unlike the earlier designs - the two ranges are not linked together. To the north of Westminster Hall, in pink wash, is the outline of Soane's new Law Courts. An interesting pencil addition to the drawing is the two groin-vaulted ceilings in the Royal Gallery. The ceilings had been completed in 1824 as shallow domes with lanterns.



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