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image SM 51/3/52

Reference number

SM 51/3/52


Design for the interior of a new House of Lords, 13 June 1825


Section through the new House of Lords looking east


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


(pencil) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 13 June 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia and pink washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (554 x 732)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)


The House of Lords is narrower here than in SM 51/3/47 but slightly less than three feet taller and has a coved ceiling. Otherwise the ornamentation is the same as in the earlier design with, for example, winged victories (derived from Napoleonic influences) above the throne (S. Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 750). The eight pencil circles above the section relate to the eight columns of the portico facing the river.



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