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Reference number

SM volume 42/134


Tracing of record drawing


Part-plan of Palais de Bourbon a Paris


bar scale of Toises


as above, rooms labelled including: Gr[and]. Cabinet, Chambre à / Coucher de / le Princess (sic), Saloon, Salle a / Mang[er], Cabinet, Cour, Bains, 1st Anti / Chambre, Vestibule and (verso) Cour des grand / Officiers, Avant Cour and Jardin des Enfants

Medium and dimensions

Pen on (recto and verso) tracing paper (326 x 245)




Built 1726-30 for Louise-Françoise, illegitimate daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, and probably designed by Jean Aubert (c.1680-1741), the Palais Bourbon (126 rue de Université) was enlarged from 1764 by the Prince de Condé. In 1792 it was confiscated becoming in 1795 the meeting-place of the Conseil des Cinq Cent and in 1815 the Chambre des Députés (since 1946 the Assemblée Nationale). Re-modelled for its new function, the old Palais Bourbon acquired, for example, the dodecastyle, Corinthian portico on its north front in 1806-8.
The plan traced by Soane presumably refers to its pre-Revolutionary state. The scale of toises suggests a French source. Soane's library does not contain a plan of the Palais Bourbon.



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