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image SM 51/4/8

Reference number

SM 51/4/8


Survey of the area between the House of Commons and the Painted Chamber


Plan of the area between the House of Commons and the Painted Chamber


to a scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


labelled: House of Lords, Lobby, Long Gallery, Engrossing / Office, Painted / Chamber, Cotton Garden (twice), Clerk / of Fee's / Office, House / of / Commons, Roof / Over / Kitchen, Principal Clerk of the / House of Commons, Speakers / Garden, Garden in Front of the Thames

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, green, yellow and blue washes, pricked for transfer within a double-ruled border on wove paper (559 x 437)


Possibly Adam Lee (c.1772 - 1843)
Office of Works.


W Turner


The attribution of this drawing to Adam Lee is tentative. It shows the Long Gallery, Engrossing Office and house of the Clerk to the House of Commons, which was proposed to be demolished to make way for a new Commons library and committee rooms. Designs for these new committee rooms, attributed to Lee, are dated "June 1821" (q.v. SM 51/4/2-7).



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