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  • image SM volume 109/23

Reference number

SM volume 109/23


[12/19] Record drawing of the mezzanine floor of King William's Court, showing the accommodation layout




Just over 20 feet to 1 inch


In brown ink at top of sheet, Half story of King Will:ms Court, / Private men 149; and with numbered scale; and in C19 hand at top and bottom right, 23.

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; 500 X 350


Unidentified hand in office of Thomas Ripley


countermark: IV


There are 148 bed spaces on the plan, one short of the 149 spaces given in the title. The mezzanine plan highlights the shortcomings of Hawksmoor's original design for King William's Court , for there is no link at this level between the central block and the north and south ranges. The intermediate pavilions above the side doors on the west side of King William's Court offer no accommodation at mezzanine level. They are closed-off voids, whereas the equivalent spaces in Queen Mary's Court are simple rectangular wards, with beds for 40 men.


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