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SM volume 109/19


[12/15] Survey drawing of the basement floor of King William's Court, showing the accommodation layout




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In ink by unidentified hand at top of sheet, Base Story of King Williams Court / Private men 90; and in ink by C19 hand at top right, 19. and at bottom right in direction of top of volume; 19.; and with numbered scale at bottom

Signed and dated

  • Undated but datable c.1735

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink over graphite under-drawing, with grey wash on laid paper, laid down. 502 X 358


Unidentified hand in office of Thomas Ripley


Strasbourg Lily / 4


This plan belongs with [12/16-23] as a survey of the completed King William's Court and the completed design of Queen Mary's Court prepared at the time the design of Queen Mary's Court was finalised in c.1735. The drawing shows the mens' cubicles in the basement of the south range. Only 62 cubicles are drawn on the plan, while the note at the top of the sheet stages that 90 men inhabited this floor of the building. Twelve cubicles have been deleted from the two westernmost rooms on the north side of the range. It is not clear how the other men would be accommodated.


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