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image SM 51/3/47

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SM 51/3/47


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


Section through the House of Lords looking east with part plan of the ceiling


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


labelled (pencil): Col or C (10 times) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, pink, blue and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (549 x 732)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)


This is a counterpart to SM 51/3/54, another sectional design, and shows a section through the House of Lords looking towards the river. The hipped roof outlined in pencil on the other drawing is present here. A small detail at the top of the sheet shows part of a panelled ceiling with a rosette - presumably this is for the ceiling of the chamber. A figure in red robes is provided for scale.

"The indirect lighting above the Chamber's east end not only provided an aura of sacral mystery but also preserved the east wall as a solid, austere backdrop against which to view the throne and its ornate, Neoclassical canopy". According to Sean Sawyer, the design of the throne and other ornamentation drew inspiration from the Napoleonic tradition - especially the work of Chalgrin and Percier and Fontaine (S. Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 750).



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