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SM 37/1/20


Survey of the Palace of Westminster, (Copy) 26 November 1822


Plan of the Palace of Westminster; (verso) part elevation and profile of a window and rough pencil perspective and plan for an Ionic portico


bar scale of 2/7 inch to 10 feet


labelled: Saint Margarets Street, New Palace Yard, Westminster Hall, Court / of / Chancery, Court / of / Kings / Bench, Old Palace Yard, Court of Requests, Long Gallery, Court, Auditor of Exchequer, House / of / Commons, Mr Hatsells / House, Painted / Chamber, House of Lords, Princes / Chamr, Garden, Yard, Late Parliament / Stairs, Mr Delavals / House &c, Mr / Delavals / Garden, Cotton Garden, Mr Hatsell's / Garden, Garden to Auditors House

Signed and dated

  • 26 November 1822
    Copied / 26th Nov / 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (353 x 472)


Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835)
Pupil January 1818 - March 1824.


There is no indication in this plan of Soane's work on the new Royal Entrance to the House of Lords, which was by November 1822 at an advanced stage. The Courts had been removed from Westminster Hall in 1820 so that it could accommodate George IV's coronation banquet. This drawing, then, was probably copied from an earlier original.

On the verso is an elevation of four leaded windows, the bottom part of which has been cut off. At the top of the sheet, in pencil, are two rough designs (in plan and in perspective) for a pedimented Ionic portico that is six columns wide and three columns deep.

Tom Drysdale, October 2014



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