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image SM 51/3/54

Reference number

SM 51/3/54


Design for the interior of a new House of Lords, 10 June 1825


Section through the House of Lords looking south


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10 June 1825 - 11 June 1825
    10/6/25 and 11/6/25

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (554 x 734)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)


There are several differences between this design and SM 51/3/51. These differences relate to alterations made in pencil, possibly by Soane himself, on the earlier drawing. The House has been extended towards the ante-room so that the new interior is 72 feet long (compared to 64½ feet in the previous design) and the attic has been extended over the narrow corridor behind the throne. The throne itself has been given a stepped platform and a canopy. The attic windows have been lowered and enlarged and are set between Corinthian half-columns. The door surrounds have been removed from the design and the ceiling in the ante-room has been lowered. The outline of a hipped roof has been added in pencil over the House. The room in the new design is therefore larger, better lit and more elaborately decorated than in the previous design.



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