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image SM volume 109/55

Reference number

SM volume 109/55

Purpose

[8/7] Finished design for two long ranges for officers on the west side of the site, set either side of a circular walled entry court, open on the east, facing the hospital, where square pavilions, concentric to the circular court, stand adjacent to the inner ends of the ranges

Aspect

Plan (western edge of circular court cut off by trimming of sheet)

Scale

Not indicated, but just over 50 feet to 1 inch (366 feet = 7 3/20 in.)

Inscribed

In pen and brown ink by C19 hand at top left and above plan, 55.

Signed and dated

Undated but datable c.1711

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink with grey wash over graphite under-drawing; on laid paper, trimmed on right-hand side; the plan cut off at bottom edge of the sheet where joined to 109/56 and 57; holes in top of sheet suggest that it was originally bound to the volume at this end; 496 X 365.

Hand

John James

Watermark

IHS / IVILLEDARY

Notes

This plan belongs with the oval court scheme and is in the same hand as [8/8] (109/56 and 57). It is shown on the block plan in the RIBA Drawings Collection (Hawksmoor, [1]/2; SA 28/6; former E5/6; Wren Society, VI, p. 84). The plan provides for 48 apartments on each level, each with a heated main room and small unheated closet room (presumably a bedroom). The rooms are linked by a central spine corridor, with cross corridors to doors on the front and back elevations. The central cross-corridor incorporates the principal flight of stairs and is articulated on both sides with pilastered doorcases.

Literature

Wren Society, VI, pl. 46, left

Level

Drawing

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