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image SM volume 109/20

Reference number

SM volume 109/20


[12/16] Record drawing of the basement storey of the completed design of Queen Mary's Court, to illustrate the accommodation and room distribution, c.1735


Basement plan


20 feet to 1 inch


In ink in unidentified hand at top of sheet, Base Story of Queen Marys Court / Private men 140; and with numbered scale at bottom of sheet; and in C19 hand at top and bottom of right hand side: 20.

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; reinforced with backing paper along right edge (top of volume); 554 x 363


Unidentified hand in office of Thomas Ripley




This drawing is contemporary with [12/15] and [12/17-23]. Only 116 cubicles are drawn in, while 140 men are list in the title. The missing cubicles are probably in the central section of the east range. Others may have been intended for the west side of the south-east corner pavilion. The apartments for the Master and his Assistant (see[12/22]) would probably have been either side of the entrance of the east range, as these sets of rooms have hearths, but no cubicles. The apartment to the right has four heated rooms and that to the left just two.

This drawing and [12/15] have both been trimmed to fit the volume; the presence of two numbers on the right-hand sides of each sheet, written in different directions, indicates that at some stage they were differently mounted in the volume, perhaps as single sheets, mounted long-side up in relation to the spine of the book.


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