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image SM 51/3/41

Reference number

SM 51/3/41

Purpose

Design for new committee rooms and a new House of Lords, 9 June 1825

Aspect

Part site plan

Scale

bar scale of 7/20 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

labelled (pencil): Court (twice) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(pencil) June 9th

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (365 x 545)

Hand

Soane Office

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt 1820

Notes

In the first weeks of June 1825 the planning of the new committee rooms is interrupted by a series of designs for an entirely new House of Lords aligned to the Painted Chamber, with committee rooms on either side and an octastyle portico facing the river. The throne is at the end of the chamber nearest the river. The river frontage is approximately 205 feet wide. Soane had not been commissioned to design a new House of Lords but in the course of designing new Committee Rooms he attempted to revive the designs for a river-facing House of Lords which he had first envisaged some 30 years earlier (q.v.).

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Drawing

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