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Reference number

SM volume 61/37


Record drawing of the Royal Gallery


Interior perspective looking towards the Painted Chamber with staffage

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, raw umber, yellow, green, pink and blue washes with raw umber wash border on wove paper (373 x 277), pasted into volume 61


The Royal Gallery is a three-bay room with the bays divided by arches supported by Ionic columns. Each bay has a canopy-domed ceiling with a lantern and a clerestory of semi-circular windows, and the central bay has a cupola over it. The walls are panelled and hung with paintings depicting British naval and military victories. The double doors at the end of the Gallery lead into the Painted Chamber. The Royal Gallery was a very elaborately-decorated space. This drawing may be compared with an exhibition drawing, P285, which shows a more austere version of the gallery.



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