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SM 37/1/14


Survey of the Palace of Westminster, 23 January 1808


A Ground Plan of the House of Lords


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


as above, labelled: (pencil) Carter's, Coffee House, -------------------- (illegible), A Peers Entrance / B Chancellors Ditto / C Bishops Ditto, Mr Hatsells / House, Office for Labr in Trust, Labourer / in Trust / House, Carpenters / Shop, Speakers Garden, Mr Hatsell's Garden, Garden, Stone Sheds, Stone / Shed, Painters / Shed, Labourer / in Trust / Garden, Mr Delavells House, (pencil) Mr White's / Stone Yard and (pencil) some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23 January 1808
    January 23rd 1808

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black, pink and yellow washes, partly pricked for transfer within a double-ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper with three fold marks (415 x 542)


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


This ground floor plan shows the cellars beneath the Court of Requests, the Painted Chamber, the old House of Lords and the Prince's Chamber. Lee's own house is to the east of the old House of Lords. The plan shows, in outline, Wyatt's additions to Old Palace Yard. In pencil a staircase has been added to the west of the Prince's Chamber (the site of Soane's future Scala Regia) and various offices have been added to the south.



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