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image SM volume 109/13

Reference number

SM volume 109/13

Purpose

[11/5] Survey plan of basement of King Charles II Court, c.1728

Aspect

Plan of Cellar Floor, or basement

Scale

20 feet to 1 inch (same as indicated scale on 109/14)

Inscribed

In ink by unidentified hand at top of sheet, King Charles 2:nd Court; and below, The Cellar Floor. --; and numbered scale bar; and at top left in volume in C19 hand, 13.

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable 1727-28

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink with grey wash; on laid paper, laid down; 510 x 350

Hand

Unidentified draughtsman in office of Colen Campbell

Watermark

Strasbourg Lily / LVG

Notes

This basement plan is a redrawing of the plan in Hawksmoor's hand at [11/3], the latter related to [11/4]. It records the plan of the building in, or shortly after, 1728, when the accommodation was increased from 192 men (see [11/9]) to 206 men. It was probably prepared as part of an audit of the accounts, together with an assessment of existing structures and accommodation, which took place between late 1727 and late 1728 (see Bold 2000, pp. 155-6).

Literature

Not in Wren Society

Level

Drawing

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