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SM 51/1/1


Copy of a design for alterations to the House of Lords by James Wyatt, c.1808


Plan of the House of Lords and Offices / taken from a Plan in His Majesty's Office of Works


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (in sans-serif capitals): Coffee Room, Witness' / Waiting / Room, Master / in / Chancery, Chairman / of Committee, Clerk / Assistant, Clerk of the / Journals, Lord / Chancellor's / Office, Lord / Chancellor, Lord / Great Chamberln, Area, The King's / Robing Room, House of Lords, Door Keepers Room, Lobby, Waiting Room / for the Members / of the / House of Commons, Long Gallery, Lobby, The Painted / Chamber, Lobby, Clerk of the / Parliamt Office, Committee Room, The Bishops / Lobby, Archbishops / Robing / Room, Bishops / Robing Room, Bishops Servts / Waiting Room, Fire Lighters / Room, Area, Old House of Lords, Old / Robing Room, (pencil) inside line; (verso, pencil, in the hand of A. T. Bolton, curator 1917-45) Adam Recess / Drawer / Large Plan House of Lords 1819 / I D page 179, 90 / D

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with three fold marks (754 x 1084)


office of James Wyatt


James Whatman Turkey Mill Kent 1819


This is a copy of a drawing made by the office of James Wyatt, Surveyor-General of the Office of Works 1796-1813, and shows several minor alterations to the House of Lords (in pink wash), most of which relate to the resizing of entrances. The main works, however, are centred around a new staircase to the south of the Painted Chamber. This has two flights of nine stairs with a ceiling with three groin vaults and was designed as part of a project for a new Gothic Royal Entrance. To the west of the House of Lords are the offices added to the building by Wyatt between 1800 and 1812. To the south of the Old House of Lords is the Old Robing Room, formerly the Prince's Chamber.



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