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image SM 16/7/4

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SM 16/7/4


Exhibition drawing of a design for the exterior of the new entrance in a Classical style, exhibited 1828


Perspective from the south west with inset plan, section and perspective on trompe l'oeil effect scrolled paper


entrances labelled: PEERS, LORD CHANCELLOR, ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS, plan labelled: Old Palace Yard, Kings Entrance, His Majestys / Robing Room, House of Lords, (verso, hand of Arthur Bolton, curator 1917-45): House of Lords New Entrance 1824 / 406 Framed Drawing / Drawn by J M Gandy / Model Room - Pompeiian Stand / Drawer / No 12 A / I D p 79, Inventory D / Page 79 / House of Lords / New Entrance 1824

Signed and dated

  • exhibited 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue washes, shaded, with sepia was border on wove paper with several old repairs (749 x 1343)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)


J Whatman Turkey Mill Kent 1824


This is a version of a design drawing, SM volume 61/114, made for exhibition and previously framed as P406. Drawn by Joseph Michael Gandy, the plan vignettes were added later by Charles James Richardson (SM Day Book, 5 April 1828).

The drawing is dated '1824' in the hand of Arthur Bolton, curator 1917-45. However, other designs for the new entrance are datable to 1828 (SM volume 69/109-115), and the latter is the more likely date. Also in Bolton's hand is a note recording the location of the drawing as in the 'Model Room - Pompeiian Stand'. This is the custom-built model stand designed by Soane to display his collection of historical architectural models at Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Soane exhibited four drawings of the House of Lords at the Royal Academy between 1823 and 1828. The last of these was a 'design to render the entrances into the House of Lords etc. more commodioius etc. etc.' (A. Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts; a complete dictionary of contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904...: S-Z, 1970, p. 203). It seems likely that this description refers to the drawing catalogued here. In George Bailey's inventory of the contents of Lincoln's Inn Fields (1837) he noted that this was a "view of a design to render the entrances into the House of Lords and the rooms and offices appertaining thereto more commodious consistent with the general plan of the adjacent buildings and to preserve those great national monuments from destruction by fire". Soane had noted the risk of fire posed by Wyatt's additions as early as 1816.



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