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image SM 51/3/6

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SM 51/3/6


Design to render the new buildings in a uniform style, 1825


Bird's-eye perspective of a design to render the buildings connected with the Houses of Lords and Commons of one uniform style of architecture


as above, labelled: Committee Rooms / House of Lords, Painted Chamber, Library, Committee Rooms & / Clerks Office House of Commons, House of Commons, Speaker of the House of Commons, Qy Wall or Iron Railing

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, burnt umber, blue and green washes, shaded, with double ruled border on stout wove paper (470 x 693)


Soane Office


Smith & Allnutt 1823


Similarly to SM 51/3/40, this bird's-eye perspective shows a design for giving the river side of the Palace of Westminster a uniform Gothic appearance. There are differences between this and the other design in the appearance of the Lords and Commons committee rooms - that is, the buildings on the east side of the Palace, designed by Soane - and the Speaker's House, for which Soane made some internal alterations between 1824-26.

This drawing bears a close relation to Plate 29 in Soane's Designs for Public Improvements, 1827, which is a bird's-eye view of 'A design to render the exterior of all the buildings connected with the official residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons & the front of the House of Lords to the northern entrance of Westminster Hall in the same style of architecture'.



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