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In ink by Hawksmoor as title at top of sheet, The Bridg and Portalls by the Queens / Clossett at Hampton Court Sept. 1694; and by Dance at top right, Gd, and to right in C19 hand, (19)
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Medium and dimensions
Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing, with graphite for plan; on laid paper, laid down; 285 x 449
Strasbourg Bend; see Heawood, 145
The pencilled sketch plan above the elevation overlaps the left-hand end wall and is the probably an initial idea for the plan of the bridge-link structure. The proposal consists of an upwards extension of the 9-feet-high Privy Garden wall to carry a narrow walkway linked to the balcony of the Queen's Closet. The steps on the west side of the wall are in two flights of eight, finishing on the embankment walkway rather than the terrace level at ground level, 13 feet 9 inches below. The bridge link would have provided a new entrance to the Privy Garden from the Park, in the form of a segmental-arched opening flanked by fluted Doric three-quarter columns. The door on the left would have been blank and was included to balance the door beneath the Queen's Closet.
The sketch design is characteristic of Hawksmoor's mature drawing technique in the mid-1690s, especially in the use of wash on pencil outlines.
Wren Society, IV, pl. 21, top
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