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Adam vol.7/111


London: Palace of Wesminster. Plan of part of the Palace of Westminster detailing the area west and south of Westminster Hall in.




1 inch to 24 ft


Inscribed in ink Westminster Hall

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1761/2

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash on brown tracing paper 634 x 231, missing rectangular section in one corner


Robert Adam, Office of


This plan is probably for the rebuilding, after 1753, of an office for the Board of Ordnance (see H. Colvin, The History of the King's Works, Volume 5, London, 1976, p.428). Like Adam vol.7/110, this is a tracing of a plan supplied by William Robinson, Secretary to the Board of Works (see H. Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, 3rd Edn., London, 1995, p.832). As Architect of the King's Works after 1761, Robert Adam would have access to the original drawings of which this and Adam vol.7/110 are tracings. In a letter of 1762, he refers to getting a 'Memorandum concerning Both Houses of Parliament' from Robinson of the Board' (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, Clerk of Penicuik Collection, GD18/4926).
A scheme to rebuild this area of the Court of Requests was underway in 1766 and was finished in 1769.



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