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image SM, volume 110/1b

Reference number

SM, volume 110/1b

Purpose

[3] Preliminary design for the east (park) front of the new Privy Court

Aspect

part-elevation (central pavilion and northern half)

Scale

20 feet to 1 inch

Inscribed

By Hawksmoor, in pen and brown ink at bottom left: + Entranc: toward the park & Canal / A the private Gall: betwixt ye K & Q / B The Q. Closet / C The Q. Lesser bedchamber / D the Qu: Dressing roome / E The Qu: Great Bedchamber / F The Q. Ante Roome / G The Q: Drawing roome : 65. by 33 and with letters and dimensions on and below elevation, including 30 fot. 2 bayes between one set of inked vertical lines; and by George Dance, in ink, bottom left, Gd, and by C19 hand to right, (1)By Hawksmoor, in pen and brown ink at bottom left: + Entranc: toward the park & Canal / A the private Gall: betwixt ye K & Q / B The Q. Closet / C The Q. Lesser bedchamber / D the Qu: Dressing roome / E The Qu: Great Bedchamber / F The Q. Ante Roome / G The Q: Drawing roome : 65. by 33 and with letters and dimensions on and below elevation, including 30 fot. 2 bayes between one set of inked vertical lines; and by George Dance, in ink, bottom left, Gd, and by C19 hand to right, (1)

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable March 1689

Medium and dimensions

Graphite over incised lines with pen and brown ink for inscriptions; on laid paper; 210 x 324

Hand

Hawksmoor

Watermark

None visible

Notes

Measuring 372 feet long at plinth level, the design is organised in bays 15 feet wide, derived from the bay divisions of the great hall and the modular system visible on the All Souls block plan (Geraghty 2007, no. 206; AS II.116*). Hawksmoor’s inked dashed vertical lines 30 feet apart connect the elevation with this block plan. The giant order is 35 ½ feet high and it contrived to step forward from pilasters in the two flanking bays to half columns beneath the central pediment in a widening series of bays marked as 10, 14 and 16 feet wide.

Literature

Sekler, 1956, pp. 161-2; Whinney, 1971, pp. 163-7; Thurley, 2003, pp. 153-63; Wren Society, vol. IV, pl. 12, bottom

Level

Drawing

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