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image SM volume 109/14

Reference number

SM volume 109/14

Purpose

[11/6] Plan of King Charles II Court at ground-floor level, datable 1727-28, showing the proposed layout for the 'cabins', and incorporating amendments to the layout of the rooms in the Base Wing

Aspect

Plan at ground-floor level

Scale

20 feet to 1 inch

Inscribed

In ink at top centre, King Charles 2:d Court, and below to right, The First Floor; and with numbered scale below; and at top right (left in volume), in C19 hand, 14.

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable 1727-28

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink over graphite under-drawing, with grey wash; scale bar in brown ink; on laid paper, laid down; 502 x 352

Hand

Unidentified draughtsman, possibly John James

Watermark

Strasbourg Lily / LVG

Notes

This ground-floor plan (First Floor being the usual description of the ground floor at this period) must have been prepared at the same time at the basement plan at [11/5]. The unidentified draughtsman (possibly John James) derived his plan from Hawksmoor's ground-floor plan at [11/4] but modified many details of the room layouts. Several rooms in the base wing have been subdivided and given corner chimney-pieces and others have thicker wall divisions. Two small backstairs have been added to the base wing. The drawing illustrates the revised provision of the cabins, compared with the layout in the 'Warrant design' at the start of work in April 1696 (see Bold 2000, fig. 152).

Literature

Not in Wren Society

Level

Drawing

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