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SM 36/2/8


[37] Design for a new Parliament House


First floor plan


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 10 feet


labelled: (pencil) North, Westminster Hall, House of / Commons, Commons Gallery, Court of Request, Painted / Chamber, House / of Lords, Princes / Chamber, Extends 370-0 Feet, (pencil) The River Thames and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper with one fold mark (527 x 744)


C18th hand


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / WR = IV


In this late design for a new Parliament House the building is much reduced in size and many of the existing structures are retained. Indeed, the House of Lords is the only significant existing building to be demolished. The drawing therefore represents a more economical design. Entering from Old Palace Yard, complete separation of Lords and Commons is enforced by the existence of two parallel corridors that lead from the entrance hall to the main building where a cross axial spine runs from the Commons Chamber to the House of Lords.

(Salmon, p. 354 and note 152)



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