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SM 51/4/5


Design for a new library, committee rooms and clerks' offices (ground floor), 20 June 1821


Plan of proposed new library, committee rooms, and clerks offices / No 1 Ground Floor


to a scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Members / Dining / Room, Cellars Under the House of Lords, Staircase / from / the Lobby of the House / of Commons, Ventilation Room, Clerks Office No 1, Office No 2, Closet / for / Book / Case, Office No 3, Office No 4, Office No 5, Cellars / under / the / Painted / Chamber, Office No 6, Office No 7, Quadrangle, Office No 8, Office No 9 and dimensions of offices given

Signed and dated

  • 20 June 1821
    20th June 1821

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer within a double-ruled border on wove paper (534 x 395)


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


J Whatman


The ground floor contains nine offices and a corridor planned around a quadrangle. The room below the existing Long Gallery is divided in two to create two offices.



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