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SM volume 61/109


Design for a new entrance to the House of Lords (plan), March 1828


Two plans, one of the new entrance and the House of Lords and the other showing also Westminster Hall, the new Law Courts and part of Westminster Abbey


(top plan) bar scale of 1/30 inch to 1 foot (sic), (bottom plan) bar scale of 1/12 inch to 10 feet (sic)


No 1, top plan labelled: Old Palace Yard, His Majesty's Entrance, Gallery, Howards / Coffee Room, The House of Lords, His Majesty's / Robing / Room, Chairman / of Committees, Archibishops / Robing Room, Bishop's (sic) Robing Room, Library, bottom plan labelled: New Palace Yard, St Margarets St, Poet's Corner, Old Palace Yard, Abingdon Street, His / Majestys / Robing / Room, The House of Lords, Long Gallery, Lobby, House / of / Commons, Painted / Chamber, Library

Signed and dated

  • (feint pencil) March [?17th] 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, black and pink washes with single-ruled border on laid paper (481 x 294), pasted into volume 61


Soane Office


According to Soane's Note Books, on Tuesday 4 March 1828 Soane "called by app[ointment] on Lord Farn[borough] with 7 drawings on 1/2 sheets of the proposed approach to the House of Lords". The seven drawings are presumably those catalogued here (SM volume 61/109-115).

This drawing includes a site plan as well as a detailed plan of the new entrance. To the north of the new gallery is Howard's Coffee House.



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