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SM 36/3/9


[1] Survey of the screen in the Great Hall


Details (part elevations and plans) of the Screen in the Great Hall / at Hampton Court Palace


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Top of naked floor, Center Line of Screen and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • TH, after 1821

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash on wove paper (531 x 363)


Thomas Hardwick (1752 - 1829)


J Whatman / 1821


Thomas Hardwick was the Clerk of Works at Hampton Court Palace from 1810 until his death in 1829. Soane recommended completing the screen and restoring the centre of the roof of the Great Hall. This drawing, made after 1821 (going by its watermark) shows that the screen was not at that point surmounted by a gallery (King's Works, VI, p. 332).



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