- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
The two ranges behind the King William and King Charles Courts are additions to the scheme in [12/6]. The range behind King William Court provides beds for another 150 men, and all the rooms are provided with hearths, indicating accommodation for higher status veterans and invalids, or for officers. The range behind King Charles Court was probably intended as the infirmary, as it is not laid out with cubicles but with larger gallery and hall-like spaces.
The drawing is in the same hand as another plan from this period, NMM ART 3/4 (Bold 2000, fig. 207). The latter does not have the rear ranges on the west side and the houses at the north and south ends of the east courtyards, but it indicates that the infirmary will be in a street block immediately west of the southern half of the site ('Ground reserved for an Infirmary').
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