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Reference number

SM volume 109/42


[7/3] Finished design for the east elevation of the west infirmary range of the proposed new south court


Elevation (cut off on right) with the turrets and colonnades in steep perspective view


20 feet to 1 inch (same as 109/41)


In brown ink in C19 hand at top right (top left in volume), 42.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, but datable c.1700

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing, with mid-grey and dark grey washes; on laid paper, laid down, the original sheet trimmed through right side of elevation and additional, contemporary strip of paper, 50mm wide, added in its place (preparatory for a revision, not made?); 337 x 390




Main sheet: small fleur-de-lis; CDG. Right strip: part of small fleur-de-lis


This drawing was part of a larger elevation of the west side of the proposed new south court. It is similar in technique to [7/2], and is probably contemporary with that drawing. The right end of the elevation was trimmed just beyond where the turret adjoins a three-window section of the facade. The replacement paper, although lighter in colour, has an identical small fleur-de-lis watermark. The trimming may date to a revision of the design in c.1711, for in the plan, [7/6], the window spacing in this section was altered. That revision was in turn connected to Hawksmoor's modification of the massing of the turrets in [7/4]. The engraver's shading convention (with darker shading indicating recessed planes) implies that the colonnade and the balustrade were to be set forward of the turrets, as shown in the two related plans, [7/4] and [7/6]. No plan of the whole proposal survives.


Wren Society, VI, pl. 32, bottom; Downes 1979, pl. 24a



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