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image SM 51/3/13

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SM 51/3/13


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


Plan of the Upper Floor shewing the New Rooms over the New Committee Rooms &c


bar scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot


as above, House of Lords, labelled: Clerk of / the Table, Yeoman / Usher, Black Rod, Committee / Room / No 1, Passage, Partition, 38'0'', 17'0'', Committee / Room / No 2, Sergeant / at / Arms, Deputy / Sergeant / at Arms, Earl Marshall, Librarian (twice), Staircase, Upper part of the House of Lords, Upper part of the Painted Chamber, Door Keepers Apartments (Mr Wright), Area, Room containing / Papers / 25' by 25' / 7.4, Upper part of the / Lord Gt Chamberlains / Room, (pencil) Unappropriated, 18.0 by 15.9 / 7.4, Passage, (pencil) Unappropriated, 18.0 by 15.9, Upper part of / Committee Room / No 4, 20'0'' by 28'6'' / 8.0, Assistant Reading / Clerks Room / 25.9 by 19.0, 17'9'' by 12'0'' / ----- (illegible) Clerks, Staircase, 22'0'' by 18'0'', 26'0'' by 15'0'', This Floor 8'0'' high / (pencil) Unappropriated, Plan of the Upper Floor

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, sepia, pink, dark pink, blue, grey-blue and yellow washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled border on wove paper (547 x 428)


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


J Whatman Turkey Mill 1825


The regularity of Soane's additions contrasts with the historic layout of the medieval Palace of Westminster. The drawing is signed and dated by Soane, aged 73.

The rooms of several officers are labelled. These include the 'Clerk of the Table' (who records the decisions of the House), 'Black Rod' and the 'Yeoman Usher' (responsible for the security of the House of Lords), the 'Sergeant at Arms' (responsible for the security of the House of Commons), the 'Earl Marshall' (who organises coronations and state openings of Parliament and is the head of the College of Arms), and the 'Lord Great Chamberlain' (who has charge over the Palace of Westminster).



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