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image SM Drawer 43/10/16

Reference number

SM Drawer 43/10/16

Purpose

[12/14] Finished design for a new entrance to a temporary infirmary in the basement of the hall range, c.1735

Aspect

Elevation

Scale

10 ft to 3 ¼ inches

Inscribed

By John James in pen and brown ink at right edge of sheet, Doorcase & Window / North front of Infier / -mery

Signed and dated

  • c.1735

Medium and dimensions

Laid paper; 200 x 323

Hand

John James

Watermark

Coat of arms with rampant lion and LIBERTATE PRO PATRIA in frame of disc

Notes

This otherwise unrecorded scheme is for an entrance to a temporary infirmary in the basement of the hall range. In 1743 additional infirmary accommodation was found in the lower storey of the south range of Queen Mary Court (Bold 2000, pp. 164-65). The proposal drawing shows a new door surround in the context of an adjacent window. The door was in the left-hand of the two bays at the west end of the Great Hall but was removed later in the century, presumably when the Infirmary transferred permanently to the new building by James Stuart, completed in the late 1760s (ibid., pp. 207-12). The handwriting and ink of the inscription, and type of scale bar, compare closely with those by James on his two studies for the north elevation of the chapel, [12/12 and 13])

Level

Drawing

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