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image SM 51/3/27

Reference number

SM 51/3/27


Working drawing for the new committee rooms, 1826


Plan of the Ground Floor


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above, New Committee Rooms / House of Lords, labelled: Door (twice), Flue for / Hot air, Staircase and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pink and grey washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (532 x 718)


Soane Office


Smith & Allnutt 1820


The edge of the drawing appears to have been cut off. In the wall between the staircase and the largest committee room is a 'flue for hot air'. This was a relatively new method of heating but presumably used here as the upper and lower floors of the new building were intended for the safe-keeping of records and papers. Despite this, there are chimneypieces in every room. The pencil additions are beams.



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