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SM 51/3/51


Design for the interior of a new House of Lords, 7 June 1825


Section South to North (section through the House of Lords looking south); (verso) rough part plan of the House of Lords


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (pencil): Old House 46 x 102 / on Plan and dimensions given; (verso) Semi[circle], Abt 70.6 and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 7 June 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, pink, blue and sepia washes on wove paper with one fold mark (556 x 686)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)


In this design for a new House of Lords the House is 64'6'' long and is lit by attic windows. According to a note at the top of the sheet the old House measures 46 by 102 feet. To the right of the chamber is an ante-room. A column, drawn roughly in pencil between the first and second windows, shows the beginnings of a new idea for decorating the House. The part plan on the verso has columns and a semicircular niche or apse at one end.



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