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image SM 37/1/36

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SM 37/1/36


Survey of Mr Cowper's house in Old Palace Yard, 3 June 1826


Plans of the Ground Floor and Basement Story / Mr Coopers (sic) House / Old Palace Yard


bar scale of 2/11 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Sir George Rose Passage, Leading to Parliament Office, Lanthorn Light, Scullery, Kitchen, Laundry, Butlers Pantry, Beer / Cellar, Sir George Rose Cellars, Servants Hall, Wine Cellars, Coals, Mr Banks House and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 3 June 1826
    June 3rd 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, green and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (707 x 525)


Smith & Allnutt 1823


Henry Cowper, Clerk Assistant in the Parliament Office (1785–1826), lived at 6 Old Palace Yard - that is, the western side of the house built to designs by Isaac Ware in the 1750s. The Laundry at the back of the house is a single-storey, top-lit outhouse. At the rear of the site, the L-shaped appendage to the house is the medieval Jewel Tower.



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