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Reference number

SM 89/4/8


Designs for the arches of the arcade, 27 February 1822


Details of Gothic window with tracery, segment of a fan vaulting and finials

Signed and dated

  • 27 February 1822
    27th Feby 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen on wove paper with four fold marks (128 x 210)


Soane Office


This may be a design for the arches of the curved arcade of the new Royal Entrance (see also the design drawing SM 71/2/58A). According to the Day Books, Soane's pupils and assistant - Arthur Mee, George Bailey, Charles Papendiek and George Ives - were all working on drawings for the "proposed entrance for the King to the House of Lords" on 27 February 1822. Sean Sawyer suggests that the lancet windows with triple lancet paneling derive from Henry VII's Chapel (S. Sawyer, Soane at Westminster, PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1999, p. 391 n. 1141).



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