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image SM 51/3/12

Reference number

SM 51/3/12


Survey drawing of additions and alterations to the House of Lords, 20 March 1827


Plan of the Ground Floor


bar scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: House of Lords, Arcade, Masters / in / Chancery, Staircase (5 times), Additional / Clerk / Assistant, Reading / Clerks / Room, The Peers Entrance, Hall, Area (5 times), Vaults under House of Lords &c, Servants / Hall, Bishops / Servants, The Bishops Entrance, Bishops / Waiting / Room, Scala Regia, Cellar, Mrs Wagner, 24'6'', 26'0'', Cellar (3 times), Passage, Parliamentary Papers of the House of Lords, 82.6, 8.6 high, Hall, Clerks / Room, Clerks Room / No 1 / 24'0'' x 21'9'' / 11.9 high, Clerks Room / No 2 / 18.0 by 15.6, (pencil) 20.6, (pencil) Waiting / Room, 18.0 by 15.6, Clerks Room / No 4 / 24.0 by 21'9'', Door, Passage, (pencil) 4 Clerks Room / 28'3'' by 25'9'' / 11.9, 25'9'' by 19'0'' / (pencil) 2 Clerks Room, 17'9'' by 12'0'', 25.9 by 14'6'' / (pencil) 2 Clerks Room, 4.6, Door, 14'6'', Plan of the Ground Floor, Vaults under Painted Chamber and (pencil) some calculations

Signed and dated

  • 20 March 1827
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 20 March 1827 and (in Soane's hand) J.S. 21 March 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black, pink, dark pink, sepia, blue and yellow washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled border on wove paper (545 x 425)


Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871)
Pupil February 1824 - January 1827.


J Whatman Turkey Mill 1825


This drawing shows the extent of Soane's alterations and additions to the House of Lords between 1822 and 1827. The new work is shown in the customary pink wash. At the bottom of the sheet is the Royal Entrance giving onto the Scala Regia. Immediately to the left (north) of the Scala Regia are the cellars and servants' rooms beneath the new library and, east of this, the floor beneath the Royal Gallery used for the storage of parliamentary papers. At the top of the sheet (towards the river) are Soane's latest additions, the new Committee Rooms. All of Soane's works fall on the south side of the Painted Chamber and the House of Lords, whose thick medieval walls are shown in black wash. The regularity of Soane's additions contrasts with the historic layout of the medieval Palace. The drawing is signed and dated at the bottom of the sheet by Soane, now aged 73.



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