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SM 51/3/5


Design for the river front, 25 June 1825


Elevation of the river front of the new committee rooms and Black Rod's house with variant designs for Black Rod's house, West Elevation, Section through the / Water Gate, plan of the river front of Black Rod's house and detail of a cornice


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Design for New Committee Rooms &c House of Lords and (pencil) Cornice, Water Gate, Water Line, Line of the embankment, 22ft 6 to cornice, High tide, by scale and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 25 June 1825
    1825 and (pencil) 25/6/25

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, yellow ochre and black washes, shaded, partly pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (337 x 554) with two fliers (115 x 180, 116 x 180)


Possibly Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)


Following a pencilled suggestion on SM 51/3/4 this design has additional buttresses, a new entrance at the centre and an arch linking the committee rooms to the house of Black Rod. The façade of Black Rod's house has also been redesigned in a Gothic style to match the appearance of the new committee rooms. Three variant designs are shown, two of them on fliers. The design on the first flier is the most plain - a two-storey, three bay frontage with square-headed mullion-and-transom windows and battlements. The design on the second flier has a canted bay on the ground and first floors. In the third design (on the main sheet) this becomes a canted bay over a porch with columns and quoins at the corners of the elevation. It is this arrangement that is shown in (pencil) plan at the bottom of the sheet. At the top of the drawing, the west elevation, water line and line of high tide are also shown.



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