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Reference number

SM 71/2/79


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


Plan Sketch of a Design for improving the Approaches to the House of Lords & / from Old Palace Yard, (verso, pencil) rough, unfinished elevation of a gallery with cupola or dome


bar scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: (pencil) 6 times, Old Palace Yard, Entrance for His Majesty, Scala Regia, Vestibule, The House of Lords, His Majesty's / Robing Room, Part of the / Painted Chamber

Signed and dated

  • 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, black, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (317 x 495)


Soane Office


There is no mention in The History of the King's Works, VI, 1973 of any further building work by Soane at the House of Lords after 1827 but in the Soane Museum are 11 drawings, catalogued here, that show designs for a new entrance. This is on the west or Old Palace Yard side of the Lords' Chamber and consists of a porte-cochère, a staircase of two flights and a gallery on enfilade, and new offices between the projecting towers. The Scala Regia built by Soane in 1823-24 can be seen at the top right of the drawing. The new entrance replaces the arcaded Royal Entrance added by Soane in 1823 and the various offices adjoining the House of Lords that were added by James Wyatt in 1806, of which Soane (and others) had been very critical (King's Works, VI, pp. 517-8). Had it been built this would have constituted a new processional route for the King, who would enter from Old Palace Yard before making a left turn to proceed up the staircase and through the gallery, and then right into the Robing Room.



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