The general audit in 1727-28 is the context for a set of four floor plans of King Charles Court marked with cabin enclosures in the hand of an office draughtsman; [11/5-8]. These were based on drawings by Hawksmoor. Some are at the Soane; [11/3 and 4]. Another set is at the National Maritime Museum; see Wren Society, VI, pl. 19, top. A further aspect of the completion of the final scheme was the fitting out of the south pavilion of Queen Anne's Building in 1729. The drawing for this, [11/11], is the latest dated example by Hawksmoor for Greenwich Hospital.
In 1728 Hawksmoor prepared two master plans for completing the hospital on a symmetrical plan, with infirmary and offices courtyards on the west side of the site (RIBA Library Drawings Collection, SA 70/6, former E5/11, Bold 2000, fig.144; and SA 70/4, former E5/9, Hart 2002, fig. 302). He distilled his ideas in an annotated engraved plan published as an illustration to his Remarks on the Founding and Carrying on of the Buildings of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich (London, 1728; Wren Society, VI, pl. 15, top). His revised enlargement scheme was prompted by the expectation of new funding, following the establishment of the new commission. The engraved plan of 1728 was based upon an earlier master plan of 1723, now in the Wiltshire Record Office at Trowbridge (redrawn in Downes 1979, fig. 11). In the engraved version of the plan a Via Regia is aligned with the recently completed St Alfege Church (1711-18). The two site plans at [11/1] (dated 1728) and [11/2] are preparatory for the engraved plan.
A new element in Hawksmoor's final enlargement scheme is a detailed design for the infirmary at the west end of the main cross-axis, close to the site of the present-day Dreadnought Hospital building; [11/12]. The infirmary in the engraved plan of 1728 is an open-courtyard building, facing east. Its courtyard has an inner semicircle of ground which is part of a Planities communis, or esplanade, between the infirmary and a new west gate to the hospital, opposite the portico of the West Dormitory. This plan is the starting point for Hawksmoor's scheme in [11/12]. This is an enlarged five-block development with the infirmary at its centre. At the next stage in the design, [11/13], the side wings of the infirmary are doubled in width to incorporate a doctors' pavilion.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of  Designs for completing the hospital in 1728-29
- [11/1] Block plan, entitled, A Plan of the Buildings and and foundations of Greenwich Hospital, as they are now carrying on [...] Anno 1728, and showing the hospital in the context of Greenwich, the River Thames, The Queen's House, and the northern end of the Park
- [11/2] Draft block plan of the Greenwich Hospital Buildings and site, c.1728, showing proposals for alterations to the roads and approaches around the Hospital which include a more southerly position for the Romney Road
- [11/3] Plan of the basement of King Charles II Court, c.1728, showing existing fabric and proposed alterations
- [11/4] Survey plan, datable c.1728, illustrating the existing ground-floor plan of the King Charles II Court
- [11/5] Survey plan of basement of King Charles II Court, c.1728
- [11/6] Plan of King Charles II Court at ground-floor level, datable 1727-28, showing the proposed layout for the 'cabins', and incorporating amendments to the layout of the rooms in the Base Wing
- [11/7] Plan of the second (Mezzanine) floor of King Charles II Court, illustrating the layout of cabins.
- [11/8] Plan of the first (Second) floor of King Charles II Court, illustrating the layout of cabins
- [11/9] Schedule dated November 1728 of the numbers of men occupying the Royal Hospital and an estimate of how many men it will contain when finished, according to a plan then being prepared
- [11/10] Manuscript abstract of expenditure on Greenwich Hospital from the start of work to 30 September 1727, and estimate of the costs of completing Greenwich Hospital on the present plan
- [11/11] Working drawing for the completion of the south pavilion of the Queen Anne Building, 1729
- [11/12] Finished design for an infirmary, together with a two large, symmetrically planned buildings on the south side (the western one possibly a Market House), and two further ancillary buildings on the north side, c.1728
- [11/13] Preliminary design for the elevation of a proposed doctors' pavilion in the infirmary, datable c.1727-28.