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image SM 51/3/3

Reference number

SM 51/3/3


Design for the river front, 1 July 1825


Elevation of the river front of the new committee rooms and Black Rod's house


bar scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot


Design for New Committee Rooms - House of Lords, (pencil, a later hand?) D

Signed and dated

  • 1 July 1825
    1825 and (pencil) 1st July 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, yellow ochre, black and burnt umber washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (353 x 539)


Soane Office


Made one week after the previous designs for the river front of the committee rooms and Black Rod's house, this design shows that the version of Black Rod's house with the two-storey canted bay was selected by Soane for progression (see SM 51/3/5). The frontage to the committee rooms to the river is narrower than before, and is divided into five bays instead of seven with a central entrance elaborated with a Gothic surround.



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