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Reference number

SM 51/3/38

Purpose

Design for a new House of Lords, House of Commons and Speaker's House, 1823

Aspect

Site plan overlaid with new design; (verso) plan of a new House of Lords with alternative designs for the portico

Scale

bar scale of 1/3 inch to 10 feet; (verso, pencil) bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

labelled: Sir T Tyrwhit, New House of / Lords, New House of / Commons, The Speakers / House, Mr Ley, Cotton Garden, Court, Mr Reeve, Scala Regia, Painted / Chamber, (pencil) Long Gallery, House of Lords, Passage, Old Palace Yard, House / of / Commons, Westminster Hall, New Courts and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

L. I. Fields 1794 and Copy / L. I. Fields 1823 (see note)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and burnt Sienna washes (verso: pencil), pricked for transfer on wove paper (524 x 701)

Hand

Soane Office

Notes

The newly-built Royal Entrance, Scala Regia, Royal Gallery, committee rooms (under construction) and Law Courts are shown in pink wash. Overlaid is a design for a new House of Lords, House of Commons and Speaker's House. These three buildings, towards the river, are linked by a continuous facade. A further addition is the block to the east of Westminster Hall which mirrors the northern end of the new Law Courts. The drawing cannot have been made in 1794 since this was some 30 years before Soane's additions to the Palace of Westminster were executed.

The plan on the verso relates to a design for a new House of Lords made in June 1825 (see SM 51/3/42).

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Drawing

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