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image SM 51/3/4

Reference number

SM 51/3/4

Purpose

Design for the river front, 24 June 1825

Aspect

Elevation of the river front of the new committee rooms

Scale

bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design for New Committee Rooms &c - House of Lords and (pencil) 11/9, 18/, 10/9

Signed and dated

1825 and (pencil) 24/6/25

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, yellow ochre and black washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (332 x 554)

Hand

Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)

Notes

This design for the river front of the new committee rooms is in a Gothic style with battlements, buttresses and square-headed mullion-and-transom windows with trefoil heads. It has seven bays and three storeys, and measures approximately 80 feet across. The Gothic style was chosen to match Wyatt's Speaker's House (S. Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, p. 736). To the right of the drawing in pencil the heights of the three floors are given (11'9'', 18', 10'9''). Also in pencil are a rough design for an arch linking the committee rooms to the house of Black Rod and, on the elevation, designs for an additional buttress between the first and second bays (surely to be replicated between the sixth and seventh bays) and a design to turn the central window on the ground floor into an entrance.

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