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image SM, volume 110/21

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SM, volume 110/21


[3] Revised design for a bridge link and portal connecting the Queen's Closet with the Privy Garden


Elevation, with wall of Privy Garden range shown in perspective on left


4 feet to 1 inch


In ink by Hawksmoor, bottom centre right, The Privy Garden, and by Dance top left, Gd, and to right in C19 hand, (21)

Signed and dated

  • Undated, but datable September 1694

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing, with pink and grey washes and some shading in ruled graphite lines; on laid paper, laid down; staining across 120 mm on right side of sheet with tears in central portion; 322 x 435




Strasbourg Lily (?). Very faint


This elevation corresponds to 3, above (110/20). The steps down from the bridge were revised on the drawing to conform with the arrangement on that drawing, beginning with three steps at right angles to the bridge at the top and continuing in 13 steps to the level of the embankment walk. The line of the embankment walk conforms with that shown on plan on 110/20. This walk is about 5 feet 6 inches above ground level.


Wren Society, IV, pl. 22, bottom



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