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Reference number

SM 51/3/55A


Design for the cupola in the Royal Gallery, 19 November 1823


Plan and section through the cupola


(pencil) bar scale of 5/12 inch to 1 foot


(verso) Plans shewing the Seats in the / House of Lords previous to the Year 1820 / and the Galleries erected for the / Trial of Queen Caroline

Signed and dated

  • 19 November 1823
    (pencil) 19th Novr / 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, blue, yellow ochre and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (569 x 355)


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The cupola was designed to go above the central bay of the Royal Gallery. The cupola has eight Ionic columns with dosserets that link them to the outer wall. In between each column is a rectangular window and in the centre of the domed ceiling is a rosette set into a shallow lantern. In rough pencil a torchère has been added between two of the columns.

The sheet was previously used as a folder for the drawings of Soane's designs for new galleries for the House of Lords, erected for the trial of Queen Caroline in 1820 (q.v. London: House of Lords, Palace of Westminster: Alterations to the House of Lords to increase accommodation for the trial of Queen Caroline, 1820).



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