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SM 51/3/29


Further design for new Committee Rooms, 18 June 1825


Plan shewing the site of the proposed New Committee Rooms for the House of Lords and for the New Committee Rooms & Library for the House of Commons &c


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 10 feet


as above, labelled: Proposed New Committee / Rooms for the House of Lords, 18 x 28, 48 x 28, 20 x 26, 9.0, 32 x 36, Usher of the / Black Rod, Royal Gallery &c, Old Palace Yard, House of Lords, Long Gallery, Painted / Chamber, Proposed Committee / Rooms and Library for / the House of Commons, House of / Commons, Library, The Law Courts, Westminster Hall, The Speaker's House, The Speaker's Garden, New Palace Yard

Signed and dated

  • 18 June 1825
    (pencil) 18/6/25 Lincolns Inn / 18th June and (pen) L. I. Fields / 18th June 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, black, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (532 x 700)


This new design proposal provides for four new committee rooms in a new extensions towards the river to replace the new committee rooms already under construction in the space between the Painted Chamber, Royal Gallery and Scala Regia. A second new addition is the block containing new committee rooms and a library for the House of Commons in between the Painted Chamber, Long Gallery and House of Commons. This area was at the time occupied by Mr Lee's house (Adam Lee (c.1772-1843), Labourer in Trust). See also SM 51/3/30.

A new Commons Library was designed by Soane in 1825 but not executed. A reduced design was built in 1826. For Soane's designs for a new Commons Library, see Soane: Office of Works: House of Commons: designs and executed design for library and new committee rooms.



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