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  • image SM volume 109/18

Reference number

SM volume 109/18


[11/4] Survey plan, datable c.1728, illustrating the existing ground-floor plan of the King Charles II Court


Plan at ground-floor level


19 feet to 1 inch


In brown ink by Hawksmoor at top of sheet, King Charles. 2.d Court, as present; and beneath title in tabulated form: A the Greate waiting Roome. / B . C The Corridore. / D The Councell Chamber. / E Captains Lodgings / F Dept Governour's Lodgings. / G. Wards for private men / H The Stewards Lodgings / Sivten. (?) Smiths, Lodgings. / K. The Great kitchen and Offices / L The porters Lodgings. / [right column] M. Lieut Constable Lodgings / N. Lieu pours, Lodgings. / Wards. above . / O Scullery; and within courtyard of plan, King Charles. 2ds. Court, as at present; and below in loggia, portico Eastward: and against right elevation, Front next ye Thames; and with letters on the plan corresponding to those in the table; and in C19 hand at top right (top left in volume), 17.

Signed and dated

  • Undated but datable c.1727-28

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink over graphite under-drawing, with grey wash, with some alterations in graphite, and brown and grey inks for inscriptions; on laid paper, laid down, with central vertical fold; 360 x 462.




small fleur-de-lis; IV


The drawing records the plan at the time of the audit in 1727-28 and states the number of men as 206. This is the same as on Hawksmoor's 'Plan of the Royall Hospitall at Greenwich' in 1728 at the RIBA (Bold 2000, fig. 144). The handwriting on the drawing is similar to that on Hawksmoor's dated plan of 1729, [11/11]. Hawksmoor's annotations are evidence for the uses of the spaces in the enlarged King Charles II Court, following the doubling of the north pavilion of Webb's building. The north pavilion of the Base Wing, for example, is the deputy Governor's lodgings (the Governor occupied the Queen's House).


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