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image SM 51/3/31

Reference number

SM 51/3/31


Design for substantial alterations and additions to the Palace of Westminster, October 1827


Block site plan with new additions overlaid


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • October 1827
    (pencil) Octr 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black, grey, pink, blue and burnt umber washes on laid paper (290 x 473)


Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843)
Pupil January 1823 - April 1828.


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate CA


Having completed substantial alterations and additions to the Palace of Westminster, including a new Royal Entrance, Scala Regia, Royal Gallery, library and committee rooms for the House of Lords (in light sepia wash to the left of the sheet), Soane's new design is for a proposal to completely rebuild the House of Lords and House of Commons, save for the medieval core. The new design is, in fact, based on old designs made by Soane in 1794-5 and drawn by J. M. Gandy (1771-1843) in 1807 (q.v. Soane: Office of Works: London: House of Lords, Palace of Westminster: unofficial (mostly domed) designs: drawings 36-38) with the principal front facing the river. The design seems to have been resurrected in 1827 and was still being considered by Soane after 1831 (see SM 51/3/35-36).



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