Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Design for the interior of a new House of Lords, June 1825


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM 51/3/50

Reference number

SM 51/3/50


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


Interior perspective looking towards the throne

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue washes on wove paper (455 x 555)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)


This design corresponds to SM 51/3/54, a variant design for the interior of the new House of Lords. In contrast to an earlier interior perspective (SM 51/3/49) the door surrounds have been removed and the design of the throne has changed.

Sawyer writes: "His design is strongly basilical, with colonnades of Corinthian columns framing large clerestory windows, a heavy coffered ceiling, and an apse-like space redolent with the majestic and law-giving associations of an architectural type extending back through the Christian era to the imperial Roman basilicas." (S. Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, pp. 749-50).



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).