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SM volume 61/114


Design 'No 1' for the exterior of the new entrance in a Classical style, February 1828


Perspective View of the Exterior of the Buildings in front of the House of Lords No 1


as above, No 6

Signed and dated

  • February [1828]

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, black and blue washes, shaded, with single-ruled border on laid paper (289 x 439), pasted into volume 61


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


To the forefront of this drawing is the porte-cochère at the south west corner of the new entrance - this was to serve as the King's main entrance to the House of Lords. To the north, towards Westminster Hall (which can be seen in the background, left) is the second, identical porte-cochère. Both have fluted Corinthian columns on tall pedestals with dosserets supporting statues, and are capped with stepped domes supporting further statuary. In between the porte-cochères, the elevation to Old Palace Yard is nine-bays wide with pairs of giant, fluted Corinthian columns at the third, fifth and seventh bays beneath which are entrances flanked by lamp-posts. The ground floor is rusticated. Above, the balustrade is completed with more statues. The southern elevation has five bays with two columns in the centre and three entrances.



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