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SM volume 50/3-4


Surveys of the rooms under the Painted Chamber, 30 March 1827


Plan of Rooms under / the Painted Chamber with (pencil) elevation of a chimneypiece and a round window (labelled 'C'), Section shewing Side A and Section shewing Side B


as above, labelled: Beam (twice), A, B, C, D, (pencil) Partition, Brick / Pavement, Brick, Stone Pavement, Ceiling / gone, Brick, Door, B (twice), Elevation / C, Beam, Ceiling / taken away, This room / had a plaster / Ceiling but / it is now / taken down, somewhat / similar / to B / only larger / & filled in / with stone, Brick, old / stone and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 30 March 1827
    CJR / March 30 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, pink and blue washes on wove paper (in sketchbook) (each page 280 x 214)


Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871)
Pupil February 1824 - January 1827.


The "Section shewing Side A" shows the height of the ceiling in the room under the Painted Chamber to be 8 feet. The plan shows that this room is, in fact, one of several subterranean rooms, several of which have had their ceilings taken down. The spiral staircase in Guy Fawkes' Tower is at the bottom left of the plan. A copy of the plan is reproduced in H. Colvin, "Views of the Old Palace of Westminster", Architectural History, 9, 1966, fig. 104.



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