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  • image SM volume 111/12

Reference number

SM volume 111/12


[3/4] Finished drawing of the west elevation, with revisions to the design of the dome


Complete west elevation, but excluding the Queen's House


Not indicated, but approximately 100 feet to 1 9/10 inches


In pen and brown ink by unidentified C18 hand, beneath centre of ruled border frame, Greenwich Hospital; and at bottom right, in C18 brown ink, half cut off by trimming of sheet, a two digit number, possibly 87

Signed and dated

  • Undated, but datable 1695

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink with grey wash over graphite under-drawing, with thick brown ink ruled border, on laid paper, laid down, with vertical fold, right of centre; 324 x 592




Strasbourg lily / 4WR; countermark: P[v]L (combined PVL for Piet van der Ley)


[3/4] In terms of detail, this side elevation depends closely on [2/4], especially in the treatment of its arched windows and relief ornament on the gable end of the hall and the design of the base block. In profile and detail, the dome and side porticoes of the hall range have been developed from those on the east-side elevation [3/2]. The dome has been narrowed slightly and the lantern increased in height. The ruled border and inscription were probably added to the sheet in the 18th century.


Wren Society, VI, pl. 24



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