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Record drawing of the Royal Throne in the House of Lords

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holland & Sons (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs A. Norman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 27, box R

A. W. N. Pugin (1812-1852) was the original designer of this Gothic throne. He designed it as part of the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster in the 1840s. The throne was partly modelled on the Coronation Chair and was used by monarchs at State Opening ceremonies.

For his own coronation, Edward VII (ruled 1901-1910) wanted an extra throne made for his consort, Queen Alexandra. He ordered a drawing to be made of Pugin’s work. As the inscription on the throne says, he then specified that Holland and Sons should make a smaller version of Pugin’s throne for the ceremony. There were to be minor changes of detail.

Physical description

Pencil and watercolour drawing on card

Place of Origin

London (made)


1901 (made)


Holland & Sons (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on card


Height: 46.4 cm, Width: 42.9 cm

Descriptive line

Record drawing of the Royal Throne in the House of Lords, intended for use as the basis of a design for the throne for Queen Alexandra.

Subjects depicted





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