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SM volume 61/29


Record drawing of the Scala Regia from the end of the Royal Entrance


Interior perspective looking towards the Scala Regia with staffage (soldiers)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, green, yellow, red and blue washes with raw umber wash border on wove paper (365 x 255), pasted into volume 61


This view was made from the vestibule at the end of the Royal Entrance looking towards the Scala Regia. The top-lit vestibule is very narrow (approximately 6 by 14 feet) but performs an important function as a point of transition from the Gothic exterior to the Classical interior of the House of Lords (see SM 71/2/49 and 71/2/59). Beyond, the Scala Regia is a wide staircase of three flights, with a tripartite ceiling consisting of two coffered barrel vaults and a central canopy dome with lantern, and a large, round-headed window with a pair of Ionic columns (see SM 71/2/45). At the top of the staircase, beyond the groin-vaulted landing, is the Ante Room to the Royal Gallery with pink scagliola columns.



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