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image SM, volume 110/27

Reference number

SM, volume 110/27

Purpose

[2] Revised design for a pavilion on the bowling green, with perspective of vista through portico

Aspect

West elevation, with perspective of bowling green and avenue seen through the open portico, and with a relief of a battle scene on a panel on the front of the roof terrace.

Scale

5 feet to 1 inch

Inscribed

In ink by Dickinson with numbers on scale; and by Dance at bottom right, Gd, and to right ,in C19 hand, (27)

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable 1700

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing with pink wash for walls, green and blue wash for perspective, and grey wash; on laid paper, laid down; 319 x 464

Hand

William Dickinson

Watermark

Strasbourg Lily/4WR, the crest with eight lobes on intermediate flowers

Notes

Plainly a design for presentation, this is probably the 'draught' that William III approved in May or June 1700 and which the Earl of Ranelagh then passed to Wren for an estimate. This is a revision of the design at 110/29. It corrresponds with the plan at 110/28, which shows the bowling green and its connecting avenues east and west. There is no reason to assume that this particular design did not originate in Wren’s office. The pen and wash technique is identical to that of the site plan to which this elevation corresponds (110/29).

Literature

HKW, V. pp.167-8; Thurley 2003, pp. 189-91 Wren Society, IV, pl.26

Level

Drawing

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