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image SM volume 61/115

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SM volume 61/115


Design 'No 2' for the exterior of the new entrance in a Gothic style, 26 February 1828


Perspective View of the Exterior of the Buildings in front of the House of Lords No 2


as above

Signed and dated

  • February 26th 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia and blue washes, shaded, with single-ruled border on laid paper (281 x 432)


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


In the Gothic version of the design for the exterior of the new entrance the square-headed windows are replaced by pointed arches with tracery and the Corinthian columns and statues by buttresses with pinnacles. Instead of stepped domes the porte-cochères are capped with polygonal (probably octagonal) lanterns and in place of the balustrade are battlements. The ground floor has blind arcading ornamented with shields.



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