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image SM volume 109/9

Reference number

SM volume 109/9

Purpose

[12/4] Block plan and site plan of Greenwich Hospital and the north side of Greenwich Park, c.1734-35, showing two new ranges behind the King William and King Charles Courts

Aspect

Block plan and site plan

Scale

100 feet to 7/16 in

Inscribed

in ink with numbered scale bar (the C19 drawing number is on the backing sheet)

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable c.1734-35

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink over graphite under-drawing, with grey, red, green and yellow washes, pricked for transfer, on laid paper, laid down. 454 x 360.

Hand

Unidentified draughtsman in office of Thomas Ripley

Watermark

Strasbourg Lily/LVG; IV

Notes

This block plan is a precursor to the large-scale Generall Plan at [12/6], in which residential buildings are introduced in the corners of the courtyards behind the Queen Anne and Queen Mary Courts on the east side of the site. On both drawings red shading indicates the unbuilt areas of the plan. The drawing precedes [12/5] and the plan laid before the House of Commons in March 1735 [12/7]. It is the earliest general site plan to show the widened Queen's Garden, with the Queen's House in a central position on the south side.

Literature

Wren Society, VI, pl. 15, bottom right

Level

Drawing

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