About 10 feet to 1 inch
In graphite by Hawksmoor with a few figured dimensions; in ink by Dance at top right, GD, and to right in C19 hand, (14)
Signed and dated
Undated, but datable March-May 1689
Medium and dimensions
Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing; some under-scoring; some grey wash Laid paper, laid down, except for 75 mm fold on left side of sheet which is linen-backed. Originally folded on right centre. Light, pinkish-brown staining across bottom half of sheet, indicating that this was at the top of the volume at first, with the staining in matching patterns either side of original fold; 280 x 484
Measuring 319 feet, this elevation is only three feet longer than the near-final elevation for the Privy Garden front (section 4, 6;110/9). It relates most closely to the elevation of the Privy Garden range in Grand Project 2 (section 2, 2; 110/7), even though the latter is much shorter (260 feet). In both elevations, a portico of four giant Corinthian columns is applied to the central pavilion. In this design, however, the columns are 35 feet rather than 38 feet high. The elevation appears to represent an initial scheme for an extended Privy Garden front, following the decision in April or early May 1689 to build just two principal frontages rather than a completely new Privy Court. The overall plan of the façade, with deeply projecting four-bay outer pavilions, follows the disposition of the inked-in Privy Garden frontage on the second survey plan at All Souls (Geraghty 2007, No. 205; AS IV.5), although the latter scales shorter at about 310 feet. The absence of room divisions and any indication of how the frontage would link with the existing fabric behind the range suggests that this was a study elevation rather than part of a fully developed scheme.
The elevation itself is a skilful response to the problem posed by the reduction in the main floor from 18 feet in Grand Project 2 (section 2, 2; 110/7) to 13 feet 6 inches (inscribed on the right-hand side of the elevation as 12 feet 6 inches plus 1 foot for the string course). This is still 1 foot more than the executed first-floor height of 12 feet 6 inches. The tall arch-headed openings in the ground-floor loggia of 110/7 have been compressed into short, flat headed openings, with channelled lintels carried on dwarf pilasters. The first-floor order remains 20 feet high, but the sills of the first-floor windows have been dropped to floor level, to create more space for the Corinthian capitals in the upper part of the wall.
Wren Society, IV, pl. 16
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