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image SM volume 61/113

Reference number

SM volume 61/113


Design 'No 4' for the interior of the new gallery, 23 February 1828


Perspective of the interior of the buildings between the House of Lords and the new offices fronting Old Palace Yard, View No 4


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Signed and dated

  • 23 February 1828
    February 23 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, blue, yellow and red washes, shaded, with single-ruled border on laid paper (480 x 290), pasted into volume 61


Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871)
Pupil February 1824 - January 1827.


A more open interior than the one shown in 'View No 3' (SM volume 61/112), 'View No 4' shows a colonnade of fluted Corinthian columns with statues of kings in between the columns and paintings on the walls. The main gallery and 'side-aisles' are top-lit.



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