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image SM 36/3/3

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SM 36/3/3


[6] Incomplete survey plan of the first-floor of the palace, inscribed with the names and dimensions of the principal rooms of the royal apartments, c.1724


First-floor plan


32 feet to 1 inch


In unidentified hand, in pen and brown ink, at top, Principal Floor of Hampton Court Palace., and on right lower side, with a table of References, consisting of room names, with dimensions, lettered A to W.; and in pencil in C20 hand (probably Bolton's) beneath scale bar, about 30ft to 1 inch.

Signed and dated

Undated, but datable c.1724

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink with grey wash over graphite under-drawing, with brown ink for inscriptions. Single sheet of thick laid paper without folds or tears and trimmed on all four sides; 630 x 450


Unidentified draughtsman working under Thomas Fort




This incomplete floor plan is datable to 1724, when Thomas Fort was ordered to make a series of plans of the palace (Thurley 2003, p. 266; TNA WORK 34/1838). It post-dates the creation of a communication passage at the end of the Music Room in 1717, to create a link between the Prince and Princess of Wales's apartments and the rooms facing the Privy (Fountain) Court. This link corridor is also drawn on an incomplete plan of 1717 (ibid., fig. 249) by a draughtsman working for Sir John Vanbrugh on a scheme to add a new columned hall opposite the Tudor hall, in place of the Ionic colonnade and the Tudor range behind it. The present drawing is preparatory to a presentation drawing at the National Archives showing the first-floor plan of the state apartments with an identical room schedule although more neatly presented, the whole drawn in brown rather than grey ink (ibid., fig. 258). It is a companion sheet to 36/3/4, although the latter is more neatly finished. These three drawings do not appear to be in the hand of Fort himself, but rather in that of a draughtsman working under him.


Thurley 2003, p. 266



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